|SAME AS||SAME AS S03126|
|Amd S355, Ed L|
|Creates a service learning program for students serving as active volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers, and mandates certain features of such program.|
|01/20/2015||referred to education|
|01/06/2016||referred to education|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2896 SPONSOR: Englebright (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learn- ing, internship, or independent study programs   PURPOSE: To allow community colleges and State University of New York (SUNY) schools to implement programs that would provide academic credit for successful completion of a service learning, internship, or independent study program in relation to the volunteer fire service, as prescribed by regulations established by the state university trustees.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends section 355 of the education law to direct the state university trustees to adopt regulations to establish a service learning, internship, or independent study program for students that serve as active volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers. Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Colleges and universities often offer internships and independent study programs so students can earn academic credit while obtaining real-life work experience. Service learning programs are an emerging and growing teaching method on college campuses and these programs are also effec- tive in combining academic learning and real-life experiences. One of the most critical community services provided by New York resi- dents is volunteer fire protection and emergency services. Many younger individuals may be interested in volunteering for their local fire department or ambulance company, but are discouraged from doing so due to the time demands of being a college student. This bill provides a common-sense approach to combining community service and academic learn- ing which will lead to greater volunteerism and more well-rounded and experienced college students. Under this legislation, the state university trustees will establish regulations that create guidelines for a service learning, internship or independent study program for active volunteer firefighters and ambu- lance workers. Such programs must include a service requirement and an academic requirement. Through involvement in the volunteer fire service, a student not only provides vital community services, but can also be exposed to and learn a number of valuable principles in various academic areas. For example, common issues in the volunteer fire service include not-for-profit corporation governance, municipal government, licensing and permitting, charitable giving, record-keeping, compliance with safe- ty and other laws, insurance, taxes, budgeting, and management. This bill provides valuable skills and learning opportunities for students while encouraging more volunteerism to serve our communities. The skills and knowledge gained through the volunteer fire service are significant and valuable, and worthy of academic credit through properly developed and structured service learning, internship and independent study programs. This legislation allows SUNY schools and community colleges to recognize this by offering students the opportunity to participate in such programs, as prescribed by the state university trustees.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14 A8989 referred to education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2896 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 20, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CERETTO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learn- ing, internship, or independent study programs The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new 2 subdivision 20 to read as follows: 3 20. The state university trustees shall adopt regulations to establish 4 a service learning, internship, or independent study program for 5 students that serve as active volunteer firefighters and/or active 6 volunteer ambulance workers. Each state-operated institution and commu- 7 nity college may, as determined by its president, offer such a service 8 learning, internship, or independent study program to eligible students 9 in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the state university 10 trustees. Such program shall consist of (a) a community service compo- 11 nent that may be completed through no less than twenty hours of verifi- 12 able volunteer firefighting activities, volunteer ambulance or emergency 13 response activities, or other activities related to volunteer fire or 14 ambulance service as determined by the state university trustees, and 15 (b) an academic component related to such volunteer activity that may be 16 completed through a written report or journal, or other written assign- 17 ment as determined by the state university trustees. Such program shall 18 be open to any student enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate 19 degree-producing program on a full-time or part-time basis that is an 20 active volunteer firefighter as defined in subdivision one of section 21 two hundred fifteen of the general municipal law or an active volunteer 22 ambulance worker as defined in subdivision fourteen of section two 23 hundred nineteen-k of the general municipal law. No more than six 24 academic credits shall be awarded to a student for successful completion 25 of such service learning, internship or independent study program. In EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02132-01-5A. 2896 2 1 developing the service learning, internship or independent study program 2 described in this subdivision, the state university trustees may, in its 3 discretion, consult with the New York state office of fire prevention 4 and control and/or any statewide organization that represents the inter- 5 ests of the volunteer fire service or the volunteer ambulance service. 6 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 7 have become a law; provided however that, effective immediately, the 8 state university trustees are authorized and directed to add, amend 9 and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of 10 this act on its effective date.