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Course Appropriateness and Criteria for Course Approval.   

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(a) The only courses which are appropriate for a Regional Occupational Center and a Regional Occupational Program to offer are those courses which provide vocational or technical training for students who are not presently served through such courses offered by the high schools, community colleges, and adult schools in the region served by the Regional Occupational Center or Regional Occupational Program.

Generalized training courses are not appropriate. For the purpose of this section, "generalized courses" includes courses in general education, industrial arts, and basic adult education.

(b) Opportunity for enrollment shall be available to eligible students in the region served.

(c) The course does not unnecessarily duplicate course offerings already available in the region served. Consideration will be given to action taken by regional adult and vocational education councils.

(d) The course does not unnecessarily duplicate vocational educational opportunities offered by community colleges serving the same geographical region.

(e) The course provides vocational education opportunities for a greater number of students than would otherwise be possible.

(f) Evidence indicates that more efficient use is made of facilities, personnel and services than when the course is provided for the students of a school unit. Such evidence shall include, but is not limited to the following:

(1) The facility used and equipment in the Regional Occupational Center or Regional Occupational Program is better related to the needs of business, industry, and students.

(2) The facilities, equipment, and vocational instructional personnel of the Regional Occupational Center or Regional Occupational Program will be utilized by more students than would be utilized by a local high school unit.

(g) Opportunity is increased for vocational education services to students regardless of their geographical location or residence in the region served.

(h) Use of supportive resources for vocational education, including, but not limited to, industry cooperation and community facilities is increased.

(i) There is evidence that use is being made of subject area advisory committees in determining courses appropriate for Regional Occupational Centers or regional occupational Programs. such evidence shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) The majority of the committee membership shall represent the occupation for which instruction is given.

(2) Documentation of advisory committee minutes, with recommendations in regard to the course being offered, shall be on file.

(j) The courses offered in a Regional Occupational Center or Regional Occupational Program shall only be for providing training, upgrading, and retraining in recognized occupations and/or emerging occupations to meet the labor demand as determined and verified by the Regional Occupational Center or Regional Occupational Program.

(k) The course shall not unnecessarily reduce or supplant the vocational education efforts of any participating district but shall become an extension or augmentation of vocational education opportunities and enrollments in the participating districts.

(l) Instruction in the course is being provided by an instructor meeting the requirements pursuant to Education Code Section 52323, the California State Plan for Vocational Education, and providing immediate supervision and control as defined by Section 10091 of this title.

Authority Cited:

Education Code 52309

Reference:

Education Code 52309

(Amended by Register 79, No. 38.)