CHAPTER 204

FORMERLY

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 380

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE BY CREATING A NEW CHAPTER ESTABLISHING THE DELAWARE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON CAREER EDUCATION.

WHEREAS, career education is intended to provide instruction, training and placement services for all individuals leaving our public schools, to provide such individuals with assistance in gaining employment, admission to programs of further education or a suitable combination thereof; and

WHEREAS, vocational education is an integral component of career education and is intended to provide the training necessary for individuals to develop salable skills and thereby become qualified to secure existing and emerging employment opportunities; and

WHEREAS, career and vocational education require continuing objective evaluation to identify employment opportunities, the appropriate educational programs to prepare individuals for such opportunities and the location and administration necessary to offer such programs in the most effective and efficient manner possible ; and

WHEREAS, a valid and reliable evaluation of employment opportunities, program effectiveness, and operational efficiency can be secured from the collective recommendations of employers, students, representatives of governmental service agencies, educators and the lay public; and

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the legislature to secure ready access to the experience and judgment of lay and professional groups in formulating decisions which will affect positively the development of a more effective and efficient program of career education in Delaware.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Title 14, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by adding a new Chapter 86 thereto to read as follows:

CHAPTER 86 DELAWARE ADVISORY COUNCIL

ON CAREER EDUCATION

§ 8601. Purpose

It is the purpose of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, through this Act, to establish and maintain cooperation, coordination and compliance with the federal government under provisions of Part A, Section 104 (b) (1), P.L. 90-576 and Part A, Section 1001, and B, Section 1055 (a) (1), P.L. 92-318, which require that any state which desires to receive a grant under these titles for any fiscal year shall establish a state advisory council which shall be appointed by the Governor.

Further, it is the intent and purpose of the General Assembly to provide a clearing house of information and objective evaluation of programs and activities in career education, state and nationwide, so that the execute, legislative and administrative branches of state government and communities may have ready access to the experience and judgment of lay and professional groups in the fields of employment and education in the formation of public policies concerning career education.

§ 8602. Membership

A Delaware Advisory Council on Career Education is hereby created whose members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall serve at his pleasure. Such membership shall include:

(1) a person or persons familiar with the vocational needs and the problems of management and labor in the state;

(2) a person or persons representing state and industrial and economic development agencies;

(3) a person or persons representative of community and junior colleges; a person representative of institutions of higher education;

(4) a person or persons representative of area vocational schools, technical institutes, and post-secondary or adult education agencies or institutions which provide programs of vocational or technical education and training;

(5) a person or persons having special knowledge, experience, or qualifications with respect to vocational education and who are not involved in the administration of state or local vocational education programs;

(6) a person or persons familiar with programs of technical, vocational and career education, including programs in comprehensive schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade;

(7) a person or persons who are representative of school boards;

(8) persons representative of manpower and vocational education agencies in the state, including a person or persons from the Comprehensive Area Manpower Planning System of the state;

(9) a person or persons representing school systems with large concentrations of academically, socially, economically, and culturally disadvantaged students;

(0) a person or persons having special knowledge, experience or qualifications, with respect to the special educational needs of physically or mentally handicapped persons;

(1) a person or persons representative of the general public, including a person or persons representative of and knowledgeable about the poor and disadvantaged, who are not qualified for membership under any of the preceding clauses of this paragraph;

(2) a person or persons representative of business and industry in the state who is familiar with current and projected employment opportunities; and

(3) a person or persons representative of and active in career education youth organizations. They shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor, but not longer than the duration of their membership in such organizations.

§ 8603. Duties and responsibilities

The Advisory Council on Career Education shall:

(a) Advise the State Board of Education on the development of and policy matters arising in the administration of the State Plan for Vocational Education submitted pursuant to Part B, P.L. 90-576, including the preparation of long-range and annual program plans for career education;

(b) Evaluate career education programs, services and activities in the state, and publish and distribute the results thereof with recommendations to the executive, legislative, educational and other public agencies in the state with interests and responsibilities pursuant thereto;

(c) Prepare and submit to the U.S. Commissioner of Education and to the National Advisory Council an annual evaluation report as required by P.L. 90-576;

(d) Schedule and conduct at least four (4) regular meetings each year at which the public is given opportunity to express views concerning career education. The Advisory Council on Career Education shall meet within sixty (60) days after certification of the Governor and within thirty (30) days of acceptance of certification by the U.S. Commissioner of Education, and select from among its membership a Chairman. The time, place and manner of meeting shall be determined by the Council.

§ 8604. Acceptance of and compliance with Federal Vocational Education Acts

The State of Delaware accepts the benefits of the Vocational Education Act of 1963 (P.L. 88-210) and amendments thereto, including the Vocational Education Amendments of 1968 (P.L. 90-576) and the Education Amendments of 1972 (P.L. 92-318).

In accepting such benefits, the State of Delaware will observe and comply with the requirements of such Acts and amendments thereto as concern the establishment and operation of advisory councils on occupational, vocational and career education. The State Treasurer shall be custodian of any funds accruing to the state for such purposes and shall make disbursements therefrom upon the order of the Delaware Advisory Council on Career Education.

§ 8605. Expenses

Members shall serve without pay and may be reimbursed for travel in connection with their responsibilities.

§ 8606. Staff

The Council is authorized to obtain the services of such professional technical and clerical personnel as may be necessary to enable it to carry out its functions under this Chapter and to contract for such services as may be necessary to enable it to carry out its evaluation functions.

Approved July 12, 1973.