AN ACT TO ESTABLISH AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES WORKFORCE FUND.
Enacts GS 115D-44, establishing the Community College Critical Technologies Workforce Fund (Fund), administered by the Community College System Office (CCSO) and consisting of all legislative appropriations and accrued interest. States the purpose of the Fund to include supporting workforce development programs in community colleges related to critical technologies to enhance the state's economic competitiveness and promote national security and energy independence from foreign energy sources. Defines critical technology to include: a clean energy or clean transportation technology; cybersecurity technology; technology essential to supporting, maintaining, or constructing the domestic electrical grid, or for proper handling or management of recycling or reusing decommissioned renewable energy equipment; drinking water infrastructure; or any materials or components directly used in these listed technologies. Provides that funds of the Fund do not revert. Requires the State Board of Community Colleges to adopt a distribution formula for the funds based on the number of full-time equivalent students enrolled in a community college.
Appropriates $1.5 million from the General Fund to the Fund for 2022-23 to be used for the act's purpose.
Effective July 1, 2022.