Bill Summary for S 535 (2015-2016)

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Mar 27 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 535 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 26, 2015
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE NC WORKS PROGRAM TO PLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAREER COACHES IN HIGH SCHOOLS TO BUILD AWARENESS OF DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES, TO CONDUCT ACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING WITH STUDENTS, AND TO COORDINATE FACULTY AND STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES.
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Enacts new GS 115D-21.5 in Article 2, GS Chapter 115D, to establish the NC Works Career Coach Program (Coach Program). Identifies the purpose of the Coach Program as to place community college career coaches in high schools to aid students in determining career goals and identifying community college programs to enable them to achieve those goals. Directs the board of trustees of a community college and a local board of education of a school administrative unit within the service area of the community college to enter into a memorandum of understanding for the placement of career coaches, employed by the community college board of trustees in schools within the local administrative unit. Specifies the minimal required content of the memorandum of understanding as to what the community college must provide to the program and what the local school administrative unit must provide to the program.Also provides specifications regarding applying for Coach Program funding, establishing an advisory committee, application submission requirements, and criteria for making awards under the Coach Program. Includes reporting components and provides guidelines as to the content required in the annual reports.

Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Community College System Office for the 2015-16 fiscal year and $1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year to match non-state funds for the implementation of the NC Works Career Coach Program. Restricts use of these appropriated funds for salary and benefits for NC Works Career Coaches.

Effective July 1, 2015.

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