(a) The Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges shall fund the development of regional nursing resource centers that bring together school, hospital, and faculty needs and availability in a regionalized, online format to help schools match their student clinical needs to available openings, assist hospitals to manage their clinical rotation schedules, and facilitate the filling of vacant nursing faculty positions.
(b) The chancellor's office shall fund regional nursing resource center startup grants to develop clinical placement and clinical faculty resource systems. Each startup grant shall last for no more than 30 months. An applicant for a grant under this article shall do all of the following:
(1) Select an entity for managing the grant.
(2) Ensure the participation of at least 75 percent of the nursing programs and hospitals in the coverage area.
(3) Provide matching funds on a 1:1 basis.
(4) Demonstrate the sustainability of the system after the grant terminates.
(c) The chancellor's office shall be responsible for developing a request for funding application from hospital and school regional partnerships seeking grant funds and providing technical assistance to communities for the purpose of developing proposals.
(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 837, Sec. 20.)