The legislature finds it in the public interest to provide a system of technical colleges which enables eligible persons to acquire the occupational skills training necessary for full participation in the work force; which stresses job training and retraining; which recognizes the rapidly changing educational needs of residents to keep current with the demands of the work place and through its course offerings and programs facilitates educational options for residents; which fosters economic development; which provides education through associate degree programs and other programs below the baccalaureate level; which functions cooperatively with other educational institutions and other governmental bodies; and which provides services to all members of the public.
The board shall be responsible for the initiation, development, maintenance and supervision of programs with specific occupational orientations below the baccalaureate level, including associate degrees, training of apprentices and adult education below the professional level.
The principal purposes of the technical college system are to:
Provide occupational education and training and retraining programs, including the training of apprentices, that enable residents to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment at a technical, paraprofessional, skilled or semiskilled occupation. Such programs include general education courses to facilitate student achievement in occupational skills training. The district boards should maintain courses at standards acceptable to national, regional and professional accrediting agencies and associations.
Provide customized training and technical assistance to business and industry in order to foster economic development and the expansion of employment opportunities.
The additional purposes of the technical college system are to:
Contract with secondary schools, including tribal schools, to provide educational opportunities for high school age students in order to enhance their potential for benefiting from postsecondary education and for obtaining employment.
Coordinate and cooperate with secondary schools, including tribal schools, to facilitate the transition of secondary school students into postsecondary technical college education through curriculum articulation and collaboration.
Provide community services and avocational or self-enrichment activities.
Provide education in basic skills to enable students to effectively function at a literate level in society.
Provide education and services which address barriers created by stereotyping and discriminating and assist individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and the disadvantaged to participate in the work force and the full range of technical college programs and activities.
Section 118.15 permits VTAE (technical college) instructors to teach a limited number of courses to public school students under certain circumstances without department of public instruction certification. Green Bay Education Association. v. DPI, 154 Wis. 2d 655
, 453 N.W.2d 915
(Ct. App. 1990).
In this chapter:
“Associate degree program" means a 2-year, post-high school program in an area designated and approved by the board for which the course requirements are established by the board.
“Board" means the technical college system board.
“Collegiate transfer program" means a statewide, full-time program, designated and approved by the board, in which the credits earned may be transferable to a 4-year institution of higher education.
“Community service program" means an avocational or self-enrichment course that does not lead to a paying occupation or present essential skills needed in nonpaying occupations and that is established by a district board and approved by the state director under procedures established by the board.
“District" means a technical college district established under this chapter.
“District board" means the district board in charge of the technical colleges of a district.
“School board" means the school board in charge of the public schools of a school district.
“School district" means a school district operating high school grades.
“School year" means the time commencing with July 1 and ending with the next succeeding June 30.
“Vocational-adult program" means a part-time vocationally oriented program established by a district board which is approved by the state director under procedures established by the board.
“Vocational diploma program" means a one- or 2-year, full-time program in an area designated and approved by the board for which the course requirements are established by the board.
There is established under this chapter a system of technical colleges to foster and maintain instruction in courses approved by the board in part-time and full-time day or evening classes.
Technical college system board; powers and duties. 38.04(1)(1)
The board shall determine the organization, plans, scope and development of technical colleges. For state aid, credit determination and other purposes, the board shall establish criteria for the establishment of district schools and shall classify and name the district schools.
Goals and accountability measures for economic development programs. 38.04(1m)(a)
In this subsection, “economic development program" means a program or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging the establishment and growth of business in this state, including the creation and retention of jobs, and that satisfies all of the following:
The program receives funding from the state or federal government that is allocated through an appropriation under ch. 20
The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
The board, in consultation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, shall do all of the following for each economic development program administered by the board:
Establish clear and measurable goals for the program that are tied to statutory policy objectives.
Establish at least one quantifiable benchmark for each program goal described in subd. 1.
Require that each recipient of a grant or loan under the program submit a report to the board. Each contract with a recipient of a grant or loan under the program shall specify the frequency and format of the report to be submitted to the board and the performance measures to be included in the report.
Establish a method for evaluating the projected results of the program with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in subds. 1.
Annually and independently verify, from a sample of grants and loans, the accuracy of the information required to be reported under subd. 3.
Establish by rule a requirement that the recipient of a grant or loan under the program of at least $100,000 submit to the board a verified statement signed by both an independent certified public accountant licensed or certified under ch. 442
and the director or principal officer of the recipient to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement, and make available for inspection the documents supporting the verified statement. The board shall include the requirement established by rule under this subdivision in the contract entered into by a grant or loan recipient.
Establish by rule policies and procedures permitting the board to do all of the following if a recipient of a grant or loan or tax benefits under the program submits false or misleading information to the board or fails to comply with the terms of a contract entered into with the board under the program and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the board an explanation for the noncompliance:
The board shall appoint a director, outside the classified service, to serve at its pleasure.
The director may appoint an executive assistant, outside the classified service, to serve at his or her pleasure.
The board shall appoint such staff as is necessary under the classified service. Two division administrator positions shall be filled outside the classified service.
Teacher and course requirements. 38.04(4)(a)
The qualifications of educational personnel and the courses of study for each program offered in district schools shall be approved by the board. The board may charge the districts for the full costs associated with certification of educational personnel. Such certification expenses shall not be included in the district aidable cost.
The board shall not consider any course of study for approval under par. (a)
that has not first been approved by the district board.
The board may authorize district boards to grant associate degrees to those students who successfully complete associate degree programs.
Collegiate transfer programs shall not comprise more than 25 percent of the approved credit hours offered in any technical college district.
The board shall enter into the agreement required under s. 36.31 (2m) (b)
. The board shall submit an annual report to the governor and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
that describes the agreement entered into under s. 36.31 (2m) (b)
and a summary of the board's implementation of the agreement.
No driver education course may be approved by the board unless it does all of the following:
Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by machinery and animals on highways and provides instruction in safely dealing with such hazards.
Provides at least 30 minutes of instruction relating to organ and tissue donation and organ and tissue donation procedures.
Provides at least 30 minutes of instruction on motorcycle awareness, as approved by a recognized motorcycle safety and awareness organization, and pedestrian and bicycle awareness, as approved by a recognized pedestrian and bicycle safety and awareness organization.
Includes instruction relating to passing stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and highway machinery equipment.
Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by railroad highway grade crossings and provides at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by composing or sending electronic text messages or electronic mail messages while driving and with the provisions of s. 346.89 (3)
Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by motor vehicles to vulnerable highway users, as defined in s. 340.01 (74p)
, and provides at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
For a driver education course providing instruction in the operation of commercial motor vehicles, provides instruction in the recognition and prevention of human trafficking.
Cooperate with federal government.
The board shall cooperate with the federal government in carrying out any federal act pertaining to technical education.
Gifts and grants.
The board may accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises to be used in the execution of its functions.
The board shall develop policies for the purpose of specifically identifying the general purpose revenue and nongeneral purpose revenue funding sources used for noninstructional student activities and for the purpose of governing the allocation of funds to those noninstructional student activities supported by both general purpose and nongeneral purpose revenue.
By February 10 of each year, the board shall develop and submit to the higher educational aids board for its review under s. 39.285 (1)
a proposed formula for the awarding of grants under s. 39.435
, except for grants awarded under s. 39.435 (2)
, for the next fiscal year to students enrolled in the technical colleges.
Minority student participation and retention plan. 38.04(8)(b)
Annually by January 1, the board shall develop a plan to increase minority group member participation and retention in the technical college system. The plan shall specify each district board's goals and objectives for minority group member participation and retention. The plan shall outline activities and programs that enhance minority group member participation and retention and shall review the progress made by the board and by district boards in the previous school year.
Training programs for fire fighters.
In order to promote safety to life and property, the board may establish and supervise training programs in fire prevention and protection. The programs shall include training in responding to acts of terrorism, as defined in s. 256.15 (1) (ag)
, and shall be available to members of volunteer and paid fire departments maintained by public and private agencies, including industrial plants. No training program required for participation in structural fire fighting that is offered to members of volunteer and paid fire departments maintained by public agencies may require more than 60 hours of training.
Except as provided under par. (b)
, the board shall review and approve any proposals by district boards for land acquisition, additional or new facilities, rentals and remodeling of existing facilities, prior to the letting of contracts to construct, remodel, rent or incur debt for such facilities or acquisition of land. The board shall encourage district boards to finance capital building proposals with long-term benefits through bonding or promissory note obligations.
Proposals by district boards for minor rentals and minor remodeling projects are exempt from board review and approval under par. (a)
. The board shall promulgate rules defining “minor rental" and “minor remodeling" and establishing criteria and procedures for exempting such proposals under this paragraph.
The board shall review and approve, disapprove or modify any proposal by a district board to lease facilities or property to others under s. 38.14 (2) (d)
In consultation with representatives of business and labor, the board shall develop a separate approval process for district board proposals to purchase or construct facilities to be used as applied technology centers under s. 38.15 (3) (c)
. The board may not approve a proposal unless the board determines that all of the following apply:
The applied technology center is likely to maintain or increase the number of jobs in the region served by the center that require a high level of skill and provide high wages.
The productivity of employees who would be served by the center is likely to increase.
One or more businesses in the region served by the center will pay for all of the direct operating costs of services provided at the center and at least 20 percent of the indirect operating costs of services provided at the center, pursuant to a contract under s. 38.14 (3) (a)
, and will fund, either in cash or in kind, at least 30 percent of the capital costs of the center.
The district board consulted with representatives of business and labor on the development of the center.
Either within the 12 months prior to submittal of the proposal or within the 12 months following submittal of the proposal, the district board has retired or will retire an amount of debt equal to or greater than the amount of debt that will be incurred for the purchase or construction of the applied technology center.
By December 1 of the year in which a center approved under subd. 1.
begins operating, and annually thereafter by December 1, the district board shall report to the board the change, since the center began operating, in the wages, productivity and level of skill of the employees who have been directly served by the center.
See also ch. TCS 5
, Wis. adm. code.
Economic development assistance coordination and reporting. 38.04(10m)(a)(a)
The board shall coordinate any economic development assistance with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.