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  H.B. No. 2994
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to workforce continuing education offered by public junior
  colleges.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 130, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter L to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER L.  WORKFORCE CONTINUING EDUCATION
         Sec. 130.301.  DEFINITIONS.  In this subchapter:
               (1)  "Adult" means a person who:
                     (A)  has completed the person's sophomore year of
  high school;
                     (B)  is 17 years of age and has been awarded a high
  school diploma or its equivalent; or
                     (C)  is 18 years of age or older, regardless of the
  person's previous educational experience.
               (2)  "Avocational course" means a course of study in a
  subject or activity that is usually engaged in by a person in
  addition to the person's regular work or profession for recreation
  or in relation to a hobby. The term includes a community interest
  course.
               (3)  "Coordinating board" means the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board.
               (4)  "Workforce continuing education" means a program
  of instruction that:
                     (A)  is designed primarily for adults; and
                     (B)  is intended, on completion by a participant,
  to prepare the participant to qualify to apply for and accept an
  employment offer or a job upgrade within a specific occupational
  category or to bring the participant's knowledge or skills up to
  date on new developments in a particular occupation or profession.
               (5)  "Workforce continuing education course" means a
  course of instruction in workforce continuing education that is
  approved by the coordinating board. The term does not include an
  avocational course.
         Sec. 130.302.  FORMULA FUNDING FOR WORKFORCE CONTINUING
  EDUCATION COURSES.  Notwithstanding Section 130.003 or any other
  law, contact hours attributable to the enrollment of a student in a
  workforce continuing education course offered by a public junior
  college shall be included in the contact hours used to determine the
  college's proportionate share of state money appropriated and
  distributed to public junior colleges under Sections 130.003 and
  130.0031, regardless of whether the college waives all or part of
  the tuition or fees for the course under Section 130.304.
         Sec. 130.303.  WORKFORCE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR HIGH
  SCHOOL STUDENTS.  (a)  A public junior college may offer, or may
  enter into an agreement with a school district, organization, or
  other person that operates a high school to offer, workforce
  continuing education courses other than learning framework
  courses, basic employability courses, and basic learning skills
  courses to a person who:
               (1)  is enrolled in high school on the completion of the
  person's sophomore year;
               (2)  is enrolled in a school that is not formally
  organized as a high school and is at least 16 years of age; or
               (3)  is attending high school while incarcerated, is at
  least 16 years of age, and is not eligible for release from
  incarceration before the person's 18th birthday.
         (b)  This section does not prohibit a public junior college
  from offering community interest continuing education courses
  using local funds.
         Sec. 130.304.  WAIVER OF TUITION AND FEES FOR WORKFORCE
  CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES. A public junior college may waive
  all or part of the tuition or fees charged to a student for a
  workforce continuing education course only if:
               (1)  the student:
                     (A)  is enrolled in high school or in a school
  described by Section 130.303(a)(2);
                     (B)  is 16 years of age or older, has had the
  disabilities of minority removed, and is not enrolled in secondary
  education; or
                     (C)  is under the age of 18 and is incarcerated;
               (2)  all or a significant portion of the college's costs
  for facilities, instructor salaries, equipment, and other expenses
  for the course are covered by business, industry, or other local
  public or private entities; or
               (3)  the course is taught in a federal correctional
  facility and the facilities, equipment, supplies, and other
  expenses for the course are funded by the federal government.
         Sec. 130.305.  RULES.  The coordinating board shall adopt
  any rules the coordinating board considers necessary for the
  administration of this subchapter. In adopting those rules, the
  coordinating board shall use the negotiated rulemaking procedures
  under Chapter 2008, Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2994 was passed by the House on April
  28, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 130, Nays 2, 4 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 2994 on May 26, 2017, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 2994 on May 28, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 146,
  Nays 1, 1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2994 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 28, Nays
  3; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
  committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
  that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
  2994 on May 28, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor