S05692 Summary:

Add §355-f, Ed L
Provides for the establishment of life long learning centers within the state university of New York to provide courses in community colleges and colleges and universities in the state university system for persons 40 years old or older who are seeking to explore life options, remain civically engaged, continue their education and acquire skills for or begin to plan for a second career.
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S05692 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 13, 2023
        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing life long
          learning centers in the state university of New York
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 355-f
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 355-f. Life long learning centers. 1. There is hereby established in
     4  the state university, subject to the jurisdiction of its board of  trus-
     5  tees,  life  long  learning centers to be operated at community colleges
     6  and the colleges and universities of the state university to  serve  mid
     7  life  adults forty years of age or older who are seeking to explore life
     8  options, remain civically engaged, continue their education and  acquire
     9  skills  for or begin to plan for a second career, including entrepreneu-
    10  rial instruction.
    11    2. The board of trustees of the  state  university  shall  select  the
    12  location of such centers on campuses of colleges and universities with a
    13  commitment  to reinvent their credit and non-credit learning programs to
    14  target the emerging needs and demands and interests of adults age  forty
    15  and older who are interested in exploring life options, civic engagement
    16  and continued learning.
    17    3.  The  purpose  of  life  long  learning centers is to encourage the
    18  offering of mid life adult programs that  assist  eligible  students  in
    19  acquiring  the  skills and abilities necessary to plan for and carry out
    20  new careers for their next stage of life, and help universities meet the
    21  demands of this group. The following shall be the priority activities of
    22  such centers:
    23    a.  retooling career counseling and work force re-entry  service  that
    24  are  offered  on  campus  to  attract older adults who are interested in
    25  public service careers;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    b. facilitate partnerships on and off campus with interested parties;
     2    c.  expanding connections with local businesses and employers to iden-
     3  tify work force shortages that could be filled by re-trained older work-
     4  ers;
     5    d. collaborate and offer training for not-for-profit organizations and
     6  employers to work with older adults and volunteers; and
     7    e. working with individuals residing in rural and urban areas that are
     8  traditionally underserved.
     9    4. The board of trustees of the state university shall, within  appro-
    10  priations  made  therefor,  award grants to establish life long learning
    11  centers. Grant applications submitted by institutions of  higher  educa-
    12  tion  shall  outline  plans of instruction and curriculum-related activ-
    13  ities and services to advance the purpose of assisting mid  life  adults
    14  interested  in  exploring  life  options, civic engagement and continued
    15  learning. Such plans may provide for contracting by the eligible  appli-
    16  cant with specified not-for-profit community based educational organiza-
    17  tions for the provision of instruction, activities and services outlined
    18  in  the  plan.  Such plans shall include quantifiable measures to assess
    19  the effectiveness of the instruction activities and services in  promot-
    20  ing the purposes of the program. Such measures shall include, but not be
    21  limited to:
    22    a.  the rate of success of linking eligible students with work experi-
    23  ences that serve community needs;
    24    b. success at adapting colleges and universities work  force  re-entry
    25  services,  career  counseling  and  skill development opportunities that
    26  enable older adults to have meaningful civic engagement and  work  force
    27  opportunities;
    28    c.  rate of establishments of external links with community, business,
    29  government and other educational institutions that may encourage  entre-
    30  preneurial  approaches  and partnerships that may help further the goals
    31  of this program; and
    32    d. ability of the program plan to assist in the development of  initi-
    33  atives  designed to address the unique needs of older individuals resid-
    34  ing in rural and urban communities that are traditionally underserved.
    35    The board of trustees shall make grant awards based upon a  review  of
    36  submitted  applications  making  selections  from submitted applications
    37  that would best meet the goals and  objectives  of  this  section.  Such
    38  approved plans may be amended with the approval of the board of trustees
    39  of the state university.
    40    5. The board of trustees of the state university shall submit a report
    41  annually  to  the  governor,  the temporary president of the senate, the
    42  speaker of the assembly, the director of the state office for the  aging
    43  and the commissioner of health.
    44    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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