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Chapter 18B  |  Article 18B - 3C

1 - GOVERNANCE

1A - COMPACT WITH HIGHER EDUCATION

1B - HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY COMMIS

1C - TRANSITION IMPLEMENTATION

1D - HIGHER EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILIT

1E - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY INSTI

1F - MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS FOR THE

2 - UNIVERSITY OF WEST VIRGINIA BOA

2A - INSTITUTIONAL BOARDS OF GOVERN

2B - WEST VIRGINIA COUNCIL FOR COMM

2C - WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY AND TE

3 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE STATE

3A - WEST VIRGINIA JOINT COMMISSION

3B - COLLABORATIVE DEGREE COMPLETIO

3D - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATI

3E - EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNIT

3F - REORGANIZATION OF COMMUNITY A

4 - GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

5 - HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGETS AND EX

6 - ADVISORY COUNCILS

7 - PERSONNEL GENERALLY

8 - HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FACU

9 - CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHE

9A - CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATIO

10 - FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTE

11 - MISCELLANEOUS INSTITUTES AND

11A - STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER

11B - WEST VIRGINIA POISON CENTER

12 - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGRE

12A - CENTERS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOP

13 - HIGHER EDUCATION -- INDUSTRY

14 - MISCELLANEOUS

15 - SEVERABILITY

16 - HEALTH CARE EDUCATION

17 - LEGISLATIVE RULES

18 - EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT TR

18A - DIRECTED RESEARCH ENDOWMENTS

18B - SCIENCE AND RESEARCH COUNCIL

19 - CAPITAL PROJECTS AND FACILITI

WVC 18B- CHAPTER 18B. HIGHER EDUCATION.
WVC 18 B- 3 C- ARTICLE 3C. COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 1 §18B-3C-1. Legislative findings.

     (a) The Legislature makes the following findings related to state community and technical colleges:

     (1) Community and technical colleges are a distinctively American invention. They fill a critical gap between public secondary education and the baccalaureate institutions and universities and they provide a connection between adult basic education and higher education. Their overriding mission is to provide affordable access to postsecondary education and to provide this education and related services to people who otherwise might not have enrolled in a college or university. They provide access to students who live in geographic proximity and who seek low-cost postsecondary education.

     (2) As the state's primary provider of workforce education and training, community and technical colleges located in every region of West Virginia are essential to a statewide strategy to prepare students for high-demand, high-wage jobs, workforce development necessary to diversify and grow the state's economy, and further postsecondary education and life long learning.

     (3) The mission of state community and technical colleges is to provide comprehensive education services that combine the critical functions of career-technical education and work force development, non-credit industry training, transfer education, developmental education and continuing education.

     (4) While the student population of state community and technical colleges is now evenly divided between those who are under age twenty-five and adults who are twenty-five and older, the number in both categories who earn a degree or industry-recognized certificate within six years remains low. The declining numbers of high school graduates in the state makes it imperative for the community and technical college system to focus on increasing the numbers of adults who enroll and who complete programs to earn a degree or industry-recognized certificate within six years.

     (b) In carrying out their mission, the governing boards of the community and technical colleges shall collaborate with public high schools and career and technical centers to deliver services effectively and efficiently in the locations where they are needed most. WVC 18 B- 3 C- 2 §18B-3C-2. Legislative intent.

     The following comprise the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article:

     (a) To establish community and technical college education that is well articulated with the public schools, the career and technical education centers and other state institutions of higher education; that encourages traditional and nontraditional students and adult learners to pursue a lifetime of learning; that serves as an instrument of economic development; and that has the independence and flexibility to respond quickly to changing needs of citizens and employers in the state;

     (b) To establish community and technical college/career and technical education consortia districts for each of the community and technical colleges in order to ensure that the full range of community and technical college education programs and services is provided in all areas of the state, including the implementation of seamless programs of study as exemplified by West Virginia EDGE, established in article thirteen, chapter eighteen of this code and the Collaborative Degree Completion Program, established in article three-b of this chapter;

     (c) To define the full range of programs and services that each community and technical college has the responsibility to provide; and

     (d) To establish other policies and procedures necessary to ensure that the needs of West Virginia, its people and its businesses are met for the programs and services that can be provided through a comprehensive system of community and technical colleges. WVC 18 B- 3 C- 3 §18B-3C-3. Essential conditions for community and technical college programs and services.
The Legislature hereby establishes the following essential conditions for community and technical college programs and services:

(a) Independent accreditation by the higher learning commission of the north central association of colleges and schools (NCA), by the first day of July, two thousand five, reflecting external validation that academic programs, services, faculty, governance, financing and other policies are aligned with the community and technical college mission of the institution. An institution meets this requirement if on such date the council determines that the institution is on target to meet independent accreditation status. A community and technical college continues to share the accreditation of the sponsoring institution until such time as independent accreditation is achieved;

(b) A full range of community and technical college services offered as specified in section six of this article;

(c) Programmatic approval consistent with the provisions of section nine of this article;

(d) A fee structure competitive with its peer institutions;

(e) Basic services, some of which may be obtained under contract with existing institutions in the region. These basic services shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Student services, including, but not limited to, advising, academic counseling, financial aid and provision of the first line of academic mentoring and mediation;

(2) Instructional support services;

(3) Access to information and library services;

(4) Physical space in which courses can be offered;

(5) Access to necessary technology for students, faculty and mentors;

(6) Monitoring and assessment; and

(7) Administrative services, including, but not limited to, registration, fee collection and bookstore and other services for the distribution of learning materials;

(f) A president who is the chief executive officer of the community and technical college appointed and serving pursuant to the terms of section six, article one-b of this chapter. The president reports directly to the institutional board of governors. It is the responsibility of the board of governors to provide sufficient time at each meeting for the president to discuss issues relevant to the mission of the community and technical college;

(g) An institutional board of governors or an institutional board of advisors appointed and serving as required by law;

(h) A full-time core faculty, complemented by persons engaged through contract or other arrangements, including:

(1) College and university faculty, to teach community college courses; and

(2) Qualified business, industry and labor persons engaged as adjunct faculty in technical areas;

(i) A faculty personnel policy, formally established to be separate and distinct from that of other institutions, which includes, but is not limited to, appointment, promotion, workload and, if appropriate, tenure pursuant to section nine of this article. These policies shall be appropriate for the community and technical college mission and may not be linked to the policies of any other institution;

(j) Community and technical colleges designed and operating as open-provider centers with the authority and flexibility to draw on the resources of the best and most appropriate provider to ensure that community and technical college services are available and delivered in the region in a highly responsive manner. A community and technical college may contract with other institutions and providers as necessary to obtain the academic programs and resources to complement those available through a sponsoring college, where applicable, in order to meet the region's needs;

(k) Separately identified state funding allocations for each of the community and technical colleges.

(l) Full budgetary authority for the president of the institution, subject to accountability to its governing board, including authority to retain all tuition and fees generated by the community and technical college for use to carry out its mission.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 4 §18B-3C-4. Community and technical college/career and technical education consortia planning districts.

     (a) Unless otherwise designated, the presidents of the community and technical colleges facilitate the formation of community and technical college/career and technical education consortia in the state. Each consortium includes representatives of community and technical colleges, public career and technical education centers and state baccalaureate institutions offering associate degrees. The consortium is responsible for carrying out the following actions:

     (1) Completing a comprehensive assessment of the district to determine what education and training programs are necessary to meet the short- and long-term workforce development needs of the district;

     (2) Coordinating efforts with regional labor market information systems to identify the ongoing needs of business and industry, both current and projected, and to provide information to assist in an informed program of planning and decision-making;

     (3) Planning and developing a unified effort between the community and technical colleges and public career and technical education to meet the documented workforce development needs of the district through individual and cooperative programs; shared facilities, faculty, staff, equipment and other resources; and the development and use of distance learning and other education technologies;

     (4) Collaborating and developing jointly the collaborative programming for adults between the community and technical colleges and the public career and technical centers. The focus of these collaborative efforts is the development of advanced skill programming that builds on the secondary curriculum and allows career and technical education graduates to acquire more in-depth preparation in their occupational area of interest;

     (5) As a consortium, regularly reviewing and revising curricula to ensure that the work force needs are met; developing new programs and phasing out or modifying existing programs, as appropriate, to meet such needs; and streamlining procedures for designing and implementing customized training programs;

     (6) Increasing the integration of secondary and post-secondary curriculum and programs that are targeted to meet regional labor market needs, including implementing seamless programs of study, including West Virginia EDGE, and the Collaborative Degree Completion Program:

     (A) Research shows that well-planned, well-coordinated programs of study have a positive impact on school attendance, student grades, achievement scores, retention rates and career planning. To be successful, programs of study must include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical education content. They must provide for student movement through a coordinated, nonduplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with community and technical college education to prepare students to succeed at the community and technical college level and in high-wage, high-demand occupations;

     (B) Therefore, the focus of each consortium is to identify the high-demand, high-wage occupations within the service district and develop programs of study, based on the findings, that lead to an industry-recognized credential, a certificate of applied science degree or an associate degree;

     (C) The initial consortium compact and each annual update required in subsection (d) of this section shall identify the programs of study that are to be implemented in the district service area;

     (7) Planning and implementing integrated professional development activities for secondary and post-secondary faculty, staff and administrators;

     (8) Ensuring that program graduates have attained the competencies required for successful employment through the involvement of business, industry and labor in establishing student credentialing;

     (9) Assessing student knowledge and skills which may be gained from multiple sources so that students gain credit toward program completion and advance more rapidly without repeating course work in which they already possess competency;

     (10) Cooperating with workforce investment boards to establish one-stop-shop career centers with integrated employment and training and labor market information systems that enable job seekers to assess their skills, identify and secure needed education training, and secure employment, and that allow employers to locate available workers;

     (11) Increasing the integration of adult literacy, adult basic education, federal Work Force Investment Act and community and technical college programs and services to expedite the transition of adults from welfare to gainful employment, including cooperating with the State Department of Education to provide adult basic education programs on each community and technical college campus in the state where developmental education services are provided; and

     (12) Establishing a single point of contact for employers and potential employers to access education and training programs throughout the district.

     (b) The community and technical college education consortium shall cooperate with the regional workforce investment board in the district and shall participate in any development or amendment to the regional workforce investment plan.

     (c) To carry out the provisions of this section, community and technical college/career and technical education consortia planning districts are established and defined as follows:

     (1) Northern Panhandle District includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College; John Marshall High School; Cameron High School; John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (2) North Central West Virginia District includes Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor, Barbour, Randolph, Doddridge, Harrison, Braxton, Lewis, Calhoun, Gilmer and Upshur counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is Pierpont Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include Pierpont Community and Technical College; Glenville State College; Randolph County Technical Center; Monongalia County Technical Education Center; United Technical Center; Marion County Technical Center; Fred W. Eberle Technical Center; Calhoun Gilmer Career Center; Taylor County Technical Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (3) Mid-Ohio Valley District includes Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wood, Wirt, Jackson and Roane counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

     (B) Participating institutions include West Virginia University at Parkersburg; Roane-Jackson Technical Center; Wood County Technical Center; Mid Ohio Valley Technical Institute and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (4) Potomac Highlands District includes Tucker, Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral and Hampshire counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College; South Branch Career and Technical Center; Mineral County Technical Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (5) Shenandoah Valley District includes Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include Blue Ridge Community and Technical College; James Rumsey Technical Institute; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (6) Advantage Valley District includes Fayette, Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Cabell, Mason and Wayne counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution for Cabell, Mason and Wayne counties is Mountwest Community and Technical College. The facilitating institutions for Clay, Fayette, Kanawha and Putnam counties are Bridgemont Community and Technical College and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include Mountwest Community and Technical College; Bridgemont Community and Technical College; Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College; Carver Career and Technical Education Center; Garnet Career Center; Ben Franklin Career and Technical Center; Putnam Career and Technical Center; Cabell County Career-Technology Center; Mason County Career Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (7) Southern Mountains District includes Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Mingo, Wyoming and McDowell counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; Boone County Career and Technical Center; Wyoming County Career and Technical Center; Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center; McDowell County Career and Technology Center; Mingo Extended Learning Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (8) Southeastern District includes Raleigh, Summers, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Mercer counties.

     (A) The facilitating institution is New River Community and Technical College.

     (B) Participating institutions include New River Community and Technical College; Bridgemont Community and Technical College; Bluefield State College; Academy of Careers and Technology; Fayette Institute of Technology; Summers County High School; Monroe County Technical Center; Mercer County Technical Education Center; Nicholas County Career and Technical Center; and other public career and technical centers offering post-secondary programs.

     (9) Cochairs preside over each consortium as follows:

     (A) The president of the facilitating community and technical college, or his or her designee; and

     (B) A career and technical education center administrator, or his or her designee, representing one of the participating institutions and selected by the consortium administrative leaders.

     (d) In the role of the facilitating institution of the consortium, the college:

     (1) Communicates to the Council and State Board;

     (2) Facilitates the delivery of comprehensive community and technical college education in the region, which includes the seven areas of comprehensive community and technical college education delivery as required by section six of this article;

     (3) Facilitates development of a statement of commitment signed by all participating institutions in the region setting forth how community and technical college education will be delivered; and

     (4) Facilitates the development of a consortium compact to be submitted to the Council and State Board before July 1, 2012, and annually thereafter.

     (e) Participating institutions are not subordinate to the facilitating institution but shall sign the statement of commitment to participate.

     (f) The Council is responsible for carrying out the following activities:

     (1) Annually evaluating the progress made in meeting the compact goals for each consortium through the development and collection of performance indicator data; and

     (2) Providing each consortium with a model format for developing and revising a consortium compact outlining strategies and procedures for achieving stated goals. The compact shall be submitted to the Council and State Board for their respective approvals before July 1, 2012, and annually thereafter. The Council is responsible for approving the compact components related to community and technical college education. The State Board is responsible for approving the compact components related to career and technical education. Each compact shall include implementation of seamless programs of study, the Collaborative Degree Completion Program and the West Virginia EDGE Program. WVC 18 B- 3 C- 5 §18B-3C-5. Appointment of community and technical college presidents.
(a) The administrative head of a community and technical college is the president who is chosen pursuant to the terms of section six, article one-b of this chapter.

(b) Any individual employed as provost, president, or divisional administrative head of a community and technical college on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand eight, which institution becomes independent on the effective date of this section, continues as the administrative head of the institution and becomes the community and technical college president on the first day of July, two thousand eight, subject to the provisions of section six, article one-b of this chapter.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 6 §18B-3C-6. Community and technical college programs.
(a) The mission of each community and technical college includes the following programs which may be offered on or off campus, at the work site, in the public schools and at other locations and at times that are convenient for the intended population:

(1) Career and technical education skill sets, certificates, associate of applied science and selected associate of science degree programs for students seeking immediate employment, individual entrepreneurship skills, occupational development, skill enhancement and career mobility;

(2) Transfer education associate of arts and associate of science degree programs for students whose education goal is to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program;

(3) Developmental/remedial education courses, literacy education, tutorials, skills development labs and other services for students who need to improve their skills in mathematics, English, reading, study skills, computers and other basic skill areas;

(4) Workforce training and retraining and contract education with business and industry to train or retrain employees;

(5) Continuing development assistance and education credit and noncredit courses for professional and self-development, certification and licensure and literacy training;

(6) Community service workshops, lectures, seminars, clinics, concerts, theatrical performances and other noncredit activities to meet the cultural, civic and personal interests and needs of the community; and

(7) Cooperative arrangements with the public school system for the seamless progression of students through programs of study which are calculated to begin at the secondary level and conclude at the community and technical college level.

(b) All administrative, programmatic and budgetary control over community and technical college education within the institution is vested in the president, subject to rules adopted by the council. The president with the institutional board of governors or institutional board of advisors, as appropriate, is responsible for the regular review, revision, elimination and establishment of programs within the institution to assure that the needs of the community and technical college consortia district are met. It is the intent of the Legislature that the program review and approval process for community and technical college education be separate and distinct from baccalaureate education and subject to the provisions of section nine of this article.

(c) Independently accredited community and technical colleges shall serve as higher education centers for their regions by brokering with colleges, universities and other providers, in state and out of state, to ensure the coordinated access of students, employers and other clients to needed programs and services.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 7 §18B-3C-7. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.
The Community and Technical College of Shepherd is hereafter named "Blue Ridge Community and Technical College". Any reference in this code to the Community and Technical College of Shepherd means Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 7 A §18B-3C-7a. Bridgemont Community and Technical College; Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College; Mountwest Community and Technical College.
(a) The Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology is hereafter named "Bridgemont Community and Technical College". Any reference in this code to the Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology means Bridgemont Community and Technical College.

(b) Marshall Community and Technical College is hereafter named "Mountwest Community and Technical College". Any reference in this code to Marshall Community and Technical College means Mountwest Community and Technical College.

(c) West Virginia State Community and Technical College is hereafter named "Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College". Any reference in this code to West Virginia State Community and Technical College means Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 8 §18B-3C-8. Legislative findings and intent; statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges; operations and administration.
(a) Legislative findings. --

(1) The Legislature has enacted legislation, beginning with Enrolled Senate Bill No. 653, passed during the two thousand regular session, and continuing with Enrolled Senate Bill No. 703, passed during the two thousand one regular session, Enrolled House Bill No. 2224, passed during the two thousand three regular session, and Enrolled Senate Bill No. 448, passed during the two thousand four regular session, the purpose of which is to strengthen the state's community and technical colleges, clarify their core mission and establish essential conditions to be met, and ensure the most effective delivery of services to business, industry, and West Virginia citizens in every region of the state.

(2) The primary goal of the Legislature is to create a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges that focuses on technical education, work force training, and lifelong learning for the Twenty-first Century, consistent with the goals, objectives, priorities and essential conditions established in articles one, one-d and three-c of this chapter.

(3) A necessary precedent to accomplishing the legislative goal is to change the way that leaders at all levels of education, including institutional governing boards, view community and technical colleges. Specifically, that the mission of community and technical colleges is different from that of traditional four-year colleges in what they seek to accomplish and how they can achieve it effectively and that the state can not compete successfully in today's information-driven, technology-based economy if community and technical colleges continue to be viewed as add-ons or afterthoughts attached to the baccalaureate institutions.

(b) Legislative intent. --

(1) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the statewide network of independently-accredited community and technical colleges as a whole and each independent community and technical college individually provide the following types of services as part of the core institutional mission:

(A) Career and technical education certificate, associate of applied science, and selected associate of science degree programs for students seeking immediate employment, individual entrepreneurship skills, occupational development, skill enhancement and career mobility;

(B) Transfer education associate of arts and associate of science degree programs for students whose educational goal is to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program with particular emphasis on reaching beyond traditional college-age students to unserved or underserved adult populations;

(C) Developmental/remedial education courses, tutorials, skills development labs, and other services for students who need to improve their skills in mathematics, English, reading, study skills, computers and other basic skill areas;

(D) Work force development education contracted with business and industry to train or retrain employees;

(E) Continuing development assistance and education credit and noncredit courses for professional and self-development, certification and licensure, and literacy training; and

(F) Community service workshops, lectures, seminars, clinics, concerts, theatrical performances and other noncredit activities to meet the cultural, civic and personal interests and needs of the community the institution serves.

(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature that each community and technical college focus special attention on programmatic delivery of their core mission services to unserved and underserved populations to achieve established state objectives. These include the following as highest priorities:

(A) Increasing the number of adults age twenty-five and above who participate in post-secondary education;

(B) Developing technical programs that meet the documented occupational needs of West Virginia's employers;

(C) Providing work force development programs by implementing the Adult Career Pathways Model, which provides opportunities for the following:

(I) Adults to earn certifications through the completion of skill-sets;

(ii) Ordered progression from skill-sets and certifications to one-year certificate programs and progression from one-year certificate degrees to Associate of Applied Science Degree programs, and

(iii) Students to exit at any stage of completion in order to enter employment with the option of continuing the pathway progression at a later time and/or on a part-time basis.

(D) Offering programs in various time frames other than the traditional semester delivery model and at different locations, including work sites, convenient to working adults;

(E) Providing technical programs in modules or "chunks", defined in competencies required for employment, and tied to certification and licensing requirements.

(F) Entering into collaborative programs that recognize high-quality training programs provided through labor unions, registered apprenticeships, and industry-sponsored training programs with the goal of enabling more adults to earn a college credential;

(G) Developing innovative approaches to improve the basic and functional literacy rates of West Virginians in all regions of the state;

(H) Developing "bridge programs" for disadvantaged youth and adults to enable them to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in education and training programs that lead to high-skills, high-wage jobs; and

(I) Providing access to post-secondary education through the delivery of developmental education for those individuals academically under-prepared for college-level work.

(c) In fulfillment of the purposes and intent defined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, there is continued a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges serving every region of the state. Each free-standing and independent community and technical college is strongly encouraged to serve as a higher education center for its region by brokering with other colleges, universities and providers, in-state and out-of-state, both public and private, to afford the most coordinated access to needed programs and services by students, employers and other clients, to achieve the goals, objectives, and essential conditions established in articles one, one-d, and three-c of this chapter, and to ensure the most efficient use of scarce resources.

(d) Statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges. --

(1) By July 1, 2009, each governing board of a community and technical college which became independent on July 1, 2008, shall make a determination by majority vote of the board whether to keep the current name for its respective institution or to select a new name. If a governing board chooses to select a new name, any reference in this code to that institution by a name in use prior to July 1, 2009, means the institution under the name designated by its board of governors.

(2) The statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges is comprised of the following independent state institutions of higher education under the jurisdiction of the council:

(A) Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. --

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(B) Bridgemont Community and Technical College. --

(i) Bridgemont Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a division of West Virginia University, or directly with West Virginia University, subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) West Virginia University Institute of Technology may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and West Virginia University Institute of Technology or directly with West Virginia University, as appropriate. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia University Institute of Technology or West Virginia University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Bridgemont Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(C) Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. --

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a free-standing state institution of higher education seeking independent accreditation. The president and the governing board of Eastern Community and Technical College are responsible for achieving independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(D) Mountwest Community and Technical College. --

(i) Mountwest Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with Marshall University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) Marshall University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with Mountwest Community and Technical College. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and Marshall University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Marshall University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by Mountwest Community and Technical College.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(E) New River Community and Technical College. --

(i) New River Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with Bluefield State College subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The community and technical college is headquartered in or near Beckley and incorporates the campuses of Greenbrier Community College Center of New River Community and Technical College and Nicholas Community College Center of New River Community and Technical College.

(ii) The president and the governing board of New River Community and Technical College are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(iii) Bluefield State College may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided through direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and Bluefield State College. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Bluefield State College related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by New River Community and Technical College.

(iv) Bluefield State College may continue the associate of science degree in nursing which is an existing nationally accredited associate degree program in an area of particular institutional strength and which is closely articulated to the baccalaureate program and mission. The program is of a high-cost nature and can best be provided through direct administration by a baccalaureate institution. This program may not be transferred to New River Community and Technical College or any other community and technical college as long as the program maintains national accreditation and is seamlessly coordinated into the baccalaureate program at the institution.

(v) New River Community and Technical College participates in the planning and development of a unified effort involving multiple providers to meet the documented education and work force development needs in the region. Nothing in this subdivision prohibits or limits any existing, or the continuation of any existing, affiliation between Mountain State University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University. The objective is to assure students and employers in the area that there is coordination and efficient use of resources among the separate programs and facilities, existing and planned, in the Beckley area.

(F) Pierpont Community and Technical College. --

(i) Pierpont Community and Technical College is an independent state institution of higher education seeking independent accreditation. The president and the governing board of Pierpont Community and Technical College, assisted by the president and governing board of Fairmont State University, are responsible for the community and technical college achieving independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to sections three and thirteen of this article.

(ii) Fairmont State University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to their baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the council and the governing board of Fairmont State University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Fairmont State University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(G) Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. -- Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is an independently-accredited, free-standing state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(H) West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College. -- West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College is an independently-accredited, free-standing state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(I) Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. --

(i) Kanawha Valley State Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia State University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) West Virginia State University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and West Virginia State University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia State University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between West Virginia State University and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(J) West Virginia University at Parkersburg. --

(i) West Virginia University at Parkersburg is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) Any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia University related to program delivery under the authority of the council or related to delivery of baccalaureate programs, in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect unless amended or revoked by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council.

(iii) In recognition of the unique and essential part West Virginia University at Parkersburg plays in providing education services in its region, the community and technical college may continue delivering baccalaureate degree programs offered at the institution on the effective date of this section, may implement additional baccalaureate programs with the approval of the commission and is strongly encouraged:

(I) To continue and expand its role as a higher education center pursuant to subsection (c) of this section;

(II) To broker from West Virginia University and other higher education institutions, as appropriate, additional baccalaureate level degree programs the community and technical college determines are needed in its service region; and

(III) Any baccalaureate degree programs offered at the community and technical college shall be delivered under the authority of the commission. The program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for baccalaureate education developed by the commission.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 9 §18B-3C-9. Increasing flexibility for community and technical colleges.
(a) Notwithstanding any rules or procedures of the governing boards to the contrary, the community and technical colleges have the authority and the duty to:

(1) Incorporate the most effective and efficient use of technology in accessing and delivering courses and programs in order to make the best use of available resources and to control costs;

(2) Incorporate a model to offer occupational program curricula in smaller modules to accommodate specific student and employer needs and to gain sufficient flexibility in formatting courses;

(3) Serve as a facilitator for education programs from outside delivery sources to meet the needs of the residents and employers of the district; and

(4) Employ faculty in the most effective manner to serve the core mission of the community and technical college.

(A) To that end, the freestanding community and technical colleges may employ faculty for an indefinite period without a grant of tenure and shall work toward a staffing goal of no more than twenty percent of the faculty holding tenure or being tenure-track employees. Tenured faculty employed by the freestanding community and technical colleges before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, are not affected by this provision.

(B) All community and technical colleges, other than those set forth in paragraph (A) of this subdivision, may employ faculty for an indefinite period without a grant of tenure. The immediate goal is to use this provision as a tool to assist the community and technical colleges in meeting the essential conditions provided for in section three of this article and in gaining independent accreditation status. The ultimate goal is to provide the flexibility community and technical colleges need to meet the needs of the state by working toward having no more than twenty percent of the core faculty holding tenure or being tenure-track employees. Tenured faculty employed by community and technical colleges other than freestanding community and technical colleges on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand, may not be affected by this provision. Tenure may not be denied to a faculty member solely as a result of change in employing institution necessitated by the change to independently accredited community and technical colleges.

(b) The governing boards shall adopt a model of program approval for the community and technical colleges that permits occupational programs to be customized to meet needs without requiring approval by any governing board or other agency of government. The model shall incorporate a post-audit review of such programs on a three-year cycle to determine the effectiveness of the programs in meeting district needs.

(c) The council shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section and shall file these rules for review and approval with the chancellor no later than the first day of December, two thousand four.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 10 §18B-3C-10. Freestanding community and technical colleges; tuition and fees.
(a) Each governing board may fix tuition and establish and set such other fees to be charged students at its community and technical college as it considers appropriate, subject to the provisions of this subsection and article ten of this chapter.

(1) The governing board, in consultation with the council, also may establish special fees for such purposes as, including, but not limited to, health services, student activities, student recreation, athletics or any other extracurricular purposes. The council shall determine which fees, if any, do not apply to the entire student population and to which students such fees do not apply. Such special fees may be used only for the purposes for which collected.

(2) A community and technical college may contract with any other state institution of higher education for the participation of its students in programs, activities or services of the other institution and for the use of such fees collected.

(b) All tuition and fee charges in the total aggregate shall comply with the terms of the institution's compact approved by the council, based on peer comparisons or cost of instruction as set forth in the goals for post-secondary education pursuant to section one-a, article one of this chapter.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 11 §18B-3C-11. Shared facilities and resources; memoranda of agreements; and joint administrative boards.
(a) To the maximum extent feasible, community and technical colleges shall be developed as multisite institutions utilizing existing facilities, including cooperative use of existing vocational education institutes and centers, offering services on the campuses of existing baccalaureate and graduate institutions, at work sites in collaboration with employers and other appropriate venues. Subject to the limitation of subdivision (13), subsection (a), section four, article one-b of this chapter, new public capital investment in physical facilities shall be kept to a minimum. All community and technical colleges shall have missions encompassing the full range of services and programs.

(b) The governing boards may accept federal grants and funds from county boards of education, other local governmental bodies, corporations or persons. The governing boards may enter into memoranda of understanding agreements with such governmental bodies, corporations or persons for the use or acceptance of local facilities and for the acceptance of grants or contributions toward the cost of the acquisition or construction of such facilities. Such local governmental bodies may convey capital improvements, or lease the same without monetary consideration, to the governing boards for the use by the community and technical college and the governing boards may accept such facilities, or the use or lease thereof, and grants or contributions for such purposes from such governmental bodies, the federal government or any corporation or person. In addition, the various education agencies shall establish cooperative relationships to utilize existing community and technical colleges and programs, public school vocational centers and other existing facilities to serve the identified needs within the community and technical college district.

(c) To facilitate the administration, operation and financing of programs in shared facilities of any institution of public higher education and a county board or boards of education, the affected president and county board or boards of education may appoint a joint administrative board consisting of such membership and possessing such delegated authorities as the respective boards consider necessary and prudent for the operation of such shared facilities. Such joint administrative boards, as an example, may consist of five members appointed as follows: The county board of education appoints two members; the president appoints two members; and one at-large member, who shall chair the joint administrative board, is appointed by mutual agreement of the board and the president. When two or more county boards of education are participating in such shared program, such county board appointments would be made by mutual agreement of each of the participating county boards. Members would serve for staggered terms of three years. With respect to initial appointments, one member appointed by the county board or boards of education and one member appointed by the governing board would serve for one year, one member appointed by the county board or boards of education and one member appointed by the governing board would serve for two years and the at-large member would serve for three years. Subsequent appointments should be for three years. A member would not serve more than two consecutive terms. Members would be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties as board members from funds allocated to the shared facility, except that members who are employed by a board of education, governing board or state institution of higher education would be reimbursed by their employer.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 12 §18B-3C-12. Relationship between independent community and technical colleges and former sponsoring institutions.
(a) Intent and purposes. --

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to establish community and technical colleges in every region of the state that meet the essential conditions of section three of this article and focus on achieving established state goals and objectives.

(2) This section defines the relationship between a community and technical college which was administratively linked to a sponsoring institution prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight.

(b) Where an independent community and technical college was linked administratively to a sponsoring state college or university, or was designated as a regional campus or a division of another accredited state institution of higher education, prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight the following conditions apply:

(1) The community and technical college shall be accredited separately from the former sponsoring institution;

(2) All state funding allocations for the community and technical college shall be transferred directly to the community and technical college.

(3) The former sponsoring institution and the community and technical college shall agree to the fees the former sponsoring institution may charge for administrative overhead costs.

(A) The fee schedule model agreed to by the institutions shall delineate services to be provided and the fees to be charged to the community and technical colleges for the services;

(B) The fee schedule shall be based upon the reasonable and customary fee for any service, shall bear a rational relationship to the cost of providing the service.

(C) Any contract between a community and technical college and its former sponsoring institution related to provision of services pursuant to subsection (c) of this section in effect on the first day of July, two thousand eight, shall continue in effect until the first day of July, two thousand nine, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contracting parties.

(D) The former sponsoring institution shall continue to provide services pursuant to subsection (c) of this section as the governing board of the community and technical college considers appropriate under a negotiated contractual arrangement until the first day of July, two thousand eleven or the governing boards of both institutions mutually agree to end the contract arrangement.

(4) An independent community and technical college and the institution from which it obtains services may customize the fee schedule model to fit their needs.

(5) Policies shall be formally established to ensure the separation of academic and faculty personnel policies of the community and technical college from those of the former sponsoring institution. These policies include, but are not limited to, appointment, promotion, workload and, if appropriate, tenure; and

(c) The former sponsoring institution which was administratively linked to a community and technical college prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight, shall provide the following services subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section:

(1) Personnel management;

(2) Recordkeeping;

(3) Payroll;

(4) Accounting;

(5) Legal services;

(6) Registration;

(7) Student aid;

(8) Student records; and

(9) Any other services determined to be necessary and appropriate by the board of governors of the former sponsoring institution and the board of governors of the community and technical college.

(d) Any disputes between an independent community and technical college and its former sponsoring institution, regarding their respective rights and responsibilities under this chapter of the code, which cannot be resolved by the governing boards, shall

be resolved as follows:

(1) The matters in dispute shall be summarized in writing and submitted to the chancellors jointly for resolution;

(2) If the matters in dispute cannot be resolved by the chancellors within thirty days, they shall be submitted to the council and commission for resolution;

(3) If the commission and council jointly cannot reach a resolution following their first regularly scheduled meeting or within sixty days, whichever is sooner, the chairpersons of the commission and council respectively shall establish a three-person panel to hear the matters and issue a decision within thirty days:

(A) The three-person panel is comprised of one person appointed by the chairperson of the commission, one person appointed by the chairperson of the council, and one person appointed jointly by the two chairpersons.

(B) The decision rendered by the three-person panel is binding on the governing boards, commission and council, and may not be challenged in the courts of this state.

(e) The governing board of the community and technical college and the council are responsible for the development of the community and technical college and for compliance with the essential conditions, all as required by this article.

(f) The president of the community and technical college has such responsibilities, powers and duties in the development of the community and technical college and in compliance with the essential conditions, as directed by the governing board or as are necessary for the proper implementation of the provisions of this act.

(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the commission shall take necessary steps to ensure that institutional bonded indebtedness is secure and that each community and technical college assumes its fair share of any institutional debt acquired while it was part of the baccalaureate institution.

(h) The community and technical college is encouraged to secure academic services from the former sponsoring institution when it is in their best interests and beneficial to the students to be served. In determining whether or not to secure services from the former sponsoring institution, the community and technical college shall consider the following:

(1) The cost of the academic services;

(2) The quality of the academic services;

(3) The availability, both as to time and place, of the academic services; and

(4) Such other considerations as the community and technical college finds appropriate taking into account the best interests of the students to be served, the community and technical college, and the former sponsoring institution. Nothing in this article prohibits any state institution of higher education from purchasing or brokering remedial or developmental courses from a community and technical college.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 13 §18B-3C-13. Legislative intent; Pierpont Community and Technical College established as independent state institution of higher education; governing board; institutional organization, structure, accreditation status.
(a) The intent of the Legislature in enacting this section is to provide for the most effective education delivery system for community and technical education programs to the entire region to be served by Pierpont Community and Technical College and to focus the institutional mission on achieving state goals, objectives, priorities, and essential conditions as established in articles one, one-d, and three-c of this chapter.

(b) Pierpont Community and Technical College is established as an independent state institution of higher education. Any reference in this code to Fairmont State Community and Technical College or to Pierpont Community and Technical College, a division of Fairmont State University, means the independent state institution of higher education known as Pierpont Community and Technical College.

(c) Effective the first day of July, two thousand eight, the board of advisors for Pierpont Community and Technical College is the governing board for that institution subject to the provisions of article two-a of this chapter. The administrative head of Pierpont Community and Technical College on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand eight, is the president of the independent community and technical college subject to the provisions of section five of this article.

(d) In the delivery of community and technical college education and programs, Pierpont Community and Technical College shall adhere to all provisions set forth in this code and rules promulgated by the council for the delivery of education and programs, including, but not limited to, council review and approval of academic programs, institutional compacts, master plans and tuition and fee rates, including capital fees.

(e) Pierpont Community and Technical College shall pursue independent accreditation status and the board of governors of the community and technical college shall provide through contractual arrangement for the administration and operation of Pierpont Community and Technical College by Fairmont State University while the community and technical college seeks appropriate independent accreditation. The contractual arrangement may not be implemented until approved by the council and shall include provisions to ensure that the programs offered at Pierpont Community and Technical College are accredited while independent accreditation is being sought. Fairmont State University shall continue to provide services to the community and technical college which the community and technical college or the council considers necessary or expedient in carrying out its mission under the terms of an agreement between the two institutions pursuant to the provisions of section twelve of this article.

(f) The council has the authority and the duty to take all steps necessary to assure that the institution acquires independent accreditation status as quickly as possible. If the community and technical college fails to achieve independent accreditation by the first day of July, two thousand eleven, the council shall sever any contractual agreement between Pierpont Community and Technical College and Fairmont State University and assign the responsibility for achieving independent accreditation to another state institution of higher education.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 14 §18B-3C-14. Findings; intent; advanced technology centers established; administration; boards of advisors.
(a) Findings. --

(1) The Legislature finds that ninety percent of the high-demand, high-wage new economy occupations require education and training beyond high school. Technology has permeated every industry requiring higher skill levels for technician-level occupations. Technician skills, learning capacities and adaptability to changing technologies affect the viability both of individual employers and entire industries. Unless West Virginia takes immediate steps to produce additional skilled workers to replace the aging and retiring work force, the state faces a critical shortage of technician-level workers which it must have to ensure economic growth. State employers must have access to a technically proficient work force able to keep pace with the changing nature of occupations in the global economy and educating and training this technician-level work force is a vital component in the state's plan for economic development.

(2) The Legislature further finds that establishment of advanced technology centers will increase the capacity of West Virginia's community and technical colleges to deliver state-of-the-art technical education and training. The centers will serve as models for the most effective delivery of technician-level education and training with the potential to develop programs of excellence that attract participants from outside the state adding to their value as an economic stimulus. The centers serve as catalysts for state and regional economic development by educating and training a highly skilled technical work force capable of meeting both the current and emerging needs of West Virginia employers.

(b) Legislative intent. --

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to establish advanced technology centers to provide advanced instruction capable of meeting the current and future demands of occupations requiring technical skills including the following:

(A) Addressing skills sets needed for emerging and high technology businesses and industries which are of vital importance to expanding the economy of the state;

(B) Training and retraining personnel for West Virginia's new and existing business and industries;

(C) Providing instruction in strategic technical program areas that advances the economic development initiatives of the state and regions within the state by providing access to a skilled work force for companies expanding or locating in West Virginia;

(D) Providing a setting for collaboration in the delivery of technical programs among community and technical colleges, secondary career-technical education and baccalaureate institutions;

(E) Invigorating teaching by providing models for program delivery that can be shared and replicated at all state community and technical colleges; and

(F) Developing student interest in pursuing technical occupations through exposure to advanced technologies.

(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature that programming offered by the centers be driven by the needs of state and local employers and economic development considerations. Centers shall be constructed with the flexibility to accommodate various programs simultaneously and to react quickly to adjust programming as employer and economic development demands change. They are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment conducive to delivering advanced technology programs and to providing students with real-world experiences that reflect industry standards. Education and training at the centers includes delivery of credit and noncredit instruction, seminars, skill sets, industry recognized certifications, certificates and associate degree programs. Curricula is designed in modular and other innovative formats allowing for open entry and open exit, compressed time frames, skill upgrades, and easy transfer from career-technical centers and other education providers. Centers shall embrace and promote collaborative programming among community and technical colleges and other providers of education and training programs and serve as receiving sites for programs to be delivered by community and technical colleges utilizing distance education, simulation and other collaborative, innovative approaches to increase the capacity of the community and technical college network to deliver technical education.

(c) Boards of Advisors. --

(1) There is hereby established a board of advisors for each advanced technology center in the state specifically to provide advice, assistance and programmatic oversight to the president of the community and technical college, director of the center, and others involved in its operation in areas relevant to program delivery and general operation of the center. In order to be successful, each center must act assertively to develop collaborative partnerships with employers, community and technical colleges in its service region, and local economic development entities. It is the responsibility of the board of advisors to promote this vital participation.

(A) For a center which has a single participating community and technical college in its service region, the board of governors of the institution is designated as the board of advisors for the center.

(B) For a center which has more than one participating community and technical college in its service region, the board of advisors consists of eleven members, of which a minimum of seven shall represent employers located in the region served by the center.

(i) The advisory board provides guidance to all governing boards and consists of the following members:

(I) Two members from the board of governors of each participating community and technical college which is located in the center's service region, appointed by the board of governors of each institution.

(II) One member representing regional economic development entities, appointed by the council, with advice from the governing boards of the appropriate community and technical colleges; and

(III) Sufficient at-large members appointed by the council, with advice from the governing boards of the appropriate community and technical colleges, to fill the remaining seats equal to a membership of eleven.

(ii) Members of an advisory board serve staggered terms of up to four years beginning on the first day of September, two thousand eight, except that five of the initial appointments to an advisory board are for terms of two years and six of the initial appointments are for terms of four years. Each member who qualifies under the provisions of this section may serve for no more than one additional term. The council shall fill a vacancy in an unexpired term of a member for the unexpired term within thirty days of the occurrence of the vacancy in the same manner as the original appointment.

(iii) The chancellor for community and technical college education shall call the first meeting of the board of advisors and shall serve as chairperson until a permanent chairperson is elected.

(iv) The president of each community and technical college located in the center's service region shall make resources available for conducting the business of the center's board of advisors. The presidents of the institutions shall work collaboratively to provide support for conducting board business.

(2) Each board of advisors, including each board of governors when sitting as a board of advisors, shall hold at least one regular meeting during each quarter of the fiscal year including an annual meeting in June for the purpose of electing a chairperson and other officers as the board considers appropriate.

(A) Additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson or upon written request of five or more members of the advisory board.

(B) Officers serve a term of one year beginning on the first day of July and ending on the thirtieth day of June, except for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, two thousand eight, terms begin on the first day of September, two thousand eight and end on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand nine.

(C) One of the members representing employers shall be elected to serve as chairperson at the annual meeting in June except, for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, two thousand eight, the chairperson and other officers shall be elected in September, two thousand eight, and their terms shall expire on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand nine. A member may not serve as chairperson for more than two consecutive terms.

WVC 18 B- 3 C- 15 §18B-3C-15. Transition oversight.
(a) The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability is charged with responsibility to monitor and oversee implementation of the policy changes required by this act.

(b) The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Reviewing the overall progress of the council, the commission and state institutions of higher education in implementing the provisions of this act;

(2) Monitoring the development of the rules related to financing policy and benchmarks and indicators pursuant to section six, article two-b of this chapter;

(3) Monitoring the development of the statewide master plan for community and technical college education and the institutional compacts pursuant to sections five and seven, article one-d of this chapter;

(4) Monitoring the development of the council's state compact pursuant to section six, article one-d of this chapter; and

(5) Monitoring the changes in institutional relationships including development or changes in contractual arrangements for services pursuant to section twelve of this article and delivery of dual credit and baccalaureate-level courses;

(c) The provisions of this section expire the thirtieth day of June, two thousand nine.

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