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Chapter 6. Curriculum and Instruction. Subchapter 2. Approval by the Chancellor. Article 2. Approval of Noncredit Courses and Programs. Career Development and College Preparation.   

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A noncredit course involving career development or college preparation will be eligible for enhanced funding pursuant to Education Code sections 84750.5 and 84760.5 if it satisfies the requirements set forth in subdivisions (a), (b) and (c) below.

(a) The course is approved by the college curriculum committee and the district governing board pursuant to subdivision (c) of section 55002 and by the Chancellor's Office pursuant to section 55150 and is part of either:

(1) A short-term vocational program which the Chancellor, in consultation with the Employment Development Department, has determined to have high employment potential. In making this determination, the Chancellor shall utilize job demand data provided by the Employment Development Department. If current job demand data in the relevant field is not available from the Employment Development Department, the Chancellor and the Employment Development Department may rely upon other data submitted by the college.

(2) A noncredit educational program involving:

(A) Courses in elementary and secondary basic skills;

(B) Workforce preparation courses in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decision-making, and problem solving skills that are necessary to participate in job-specific technical training; or

(C) Courses in English as a second language and vocational English as a second language.

(b) The noncredit educational program is designed to result in either:

(1) A noncredit certificate of completion leading to improved employability or job opportunities; or

(2) A noncredit certificate of competency in a recognized career field that prepares students to take nondegree-applicable credit course work, including basic skills and English as a second language; or to take degree-applicable credit coursework leading to one or more of the following:

(A) completion of a credit certificate;

(B) an associate in arts degree; or

(C) transfer to a baccalaureate institution.

(c) The noncredit educational program in which enhanced funding is sought must be submitted to and approved by the Chancellor. Applications for approval shall include an explanation of how the educational program is designed to lead students to one of the outcomes described in subdivision (b) and all of the following:

(1) a list of required courses to be included in the educational program;

(2) the minimum number of hours required for completion of the educational program;

(3) course outlines of record for all courses in the educational program;

(4) the catalog description of the educational program; and

(5) for short-term vocational programs, an analysis of labor market need or job availability.

(d) The Chancellor shall develop forms and procedures for submission of applications for approval.

(e) If the Chancellor approves a short-term vocational program pursuant to this section, the program may not be subsequently modified by the inclusion of additional courses unless the course or courses to be added are of one of the types listed in subdivision (a) and have themselves been individually approved by the Chancellor pursuant to section 55150.

(f) Under no circumstances may a district separate an existing noncredit course which provides less than one hundred and ten (110) hours of instruction into two or more courses for the purpose of forming a noncredit educational program to satisfy the requirements of this section.

(g) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a particular student from taking additional degree-applicable coursework, pursuing an associate degree, or pursuing transfer to a baccalaureate institution in addition to or instead of seeking immediate employment.

(h) For purposes of this article, the term ?certificate of completion? means a document confirming that a student has completed a noncredit educational program of noncredit courses that prepares him or her to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable or nondegree-applicable credit courses. The document must include the name of the certificate and the date awarded, be identified by a Taxonomy of Programs (T.O.P.) Code number and program discipline, identify the goal of the program, and list the courses completed by the student.

(i) For purposes of this article, the term ?certificate of competency? means a document confirming that a student enrolled in a noncredit educational program of noncredit courses has demonstrated achievement of a set of competencies that prepares him or her to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable or nondegree-applicable credit courses. The document must include the name of the certificate and the date awarded, be identified by a T.O.P. Code number and program discipline, and list the relevant competencies achieved by the student.

(j) Content and assessment standards for certificates shall be defined by the local curriculum committee. The curriculum committee shall review noncredit educational programs leading to a certificate using the same standards as applied to credit educational programs leading to a certificate as set forth in section 55070, with respect to academic integrity, consistency with college mission, meeting a demonstrated need and program feasibility.

(k) Each noncredit educational program shall be approved by the governing board of the district.

(l) Certificates for noncredit educational programs may be awarded on behalf of the governing board of the district by any appropriate district official or by a particular department or division pursuant to a delegation of authority from the governing board to students who have earned them.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 70901

Education Code 78401

Education Code 84750.5

Education Code 84760.5

Reference:

Education Code 70901

Education Code 70902

Education Code 78401

Education Code 84750.5

Education Code 84760.5

(Amended by Register 2011, No. 51.)