PA 08-116—sHB 5050

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING HOSPITAL-BASED OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT STATUTES

SUMMARY: This act requires hospitals that offer any form or manner of trade, industrial, commercial, service, professional, or other occupational instruction for remuneration, consideration, reward, or promise, to obtain an authorization certificate from the higher education commissioner for such instruction. It excludes from this requirement instruction that hospitals provide to their employees, medical staff, and contracted workers. The hospital-based occupational school must pay a $200 application fee payable to the General Fund's Private Occupational School Student Protection Account when submitting an initial authorization application.

It requires the commissioner to develop a prioritization process for authorizing such schools, based on the size and scope of the instruction they offer. The schools must comply with the act's provisions as required by the commissioner, or by 2012, whichever is earlier.

The act specifies that each hospital-based occupational school's authorization period is three years, regardless of the law requiring annual reauthorization for private occupational schools in their first four years of operation. The schools must pay a $200 renewal fee payable to the Student Protection Account. And each school must pay one-half percent of its quarterly net tuition revenue to the Student Protection Account, in accordance with the payment schedule established by law.

The act also makes various technical changes in the higher education statutes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008, except for the technical changes, which are effective upon passage.

BACKGROUND

Private Occupational School Student Protection Account

The Student Protection Account is funded by quarterly assessments on private occupational schools' tuition revenue and other fees related to the schools' operations. It is used to make tuition refunds to students unable to complete a course at a private occupational school that becomes insolvent or closes.

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