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Regional Occupational Centers; Certification by Superintendent   

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(a) The Superintendent may certify, by name, any regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 that provides a program of training to prepare adult students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, to legally authorize the center, program, or office to provide an educational program beyond secondary education, including an education program that leads to a degree or certificate, for purposes of the center, program, or office participating in any student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC Sec. 1070 et seq.).

(b) A regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 applying for certification pursuant to subdivision (a) shall comply with all of the following:

(1) It shall admit as regular students to its program of training only those students who meet one or more of the following requirements:

(A) Have a high school diploma.

(B) Have the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.

(C) Are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance.

(2) It shall provide an eligible program of training, as defined in Section 668.8 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as this section reads on July 1, 2015, to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

(3) It shall be accredited or preaccredited.

(4) It shall have been in existence for at least two years as described in subsection (b) of Section 600.6 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as this section reads on July 1, 2015.

(5) It shall be an institution or site physically located in the state.

(6) It shall agree to submit any dispute involving the final denial, withdrawal, or termination of its accreditation to initial arbitration before initiating any other legal action.

(7) It shall satisfy all applicable eligibility requirements specified in federal rulemaking pursuant to Sections 600.6, 600.7, and 600.9 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as these sections read on July 1, 2015, other than the authorization provided for in subdivision (a).

(8) It shall apply in writing to the Superintendent, as an individual center, program, or office, to be considered for certification pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) Any person may file a complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, as set forth in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding an alleged violation by a local agency of federal or state law or regulations governing adult education programs established pursuant to Section 52501 or regional occupational centers and programs.

(d) The Superintendent shall adopt regulations that authorize any person to file a complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, as set forth in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding an alleged violation by a county office of education of federal or state law or regulations governing that county office's participation in any student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC Sec. 1070 et seq.).

(e) The Superintendent may decertify, for purposes of participating in any student financial aid assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC Sec. 1070 et seq.), a regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 previously certified in accordance with subdivision (a) if the Superintendent determines that the regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 is no longer in compliance with the requirements outlined in subdivision (b).

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 22, Sec. 2.)