CONTRACTED AND CUSTOMIZED TRAINING
Community colleges often work closely with businesses, industries, associations, and government agencies that have specific educational needs for their employees or clients.
Business and Industry (B&I) AAS Degree and Certificates of Completion Programs
Business and Industry-Based (B&I) AAS degree and certificate of completion programs are intended to help colleges respond to these specific occupational and educational markets.
Certain strict conditions must be met and maintained for programs approved as B&I programs. The approval process for B&I programs mirrors the application and approval process for any other AAS degree or certificate of completion program, with the exception of the following:
- B&I programs may not be advertised to the general public.
- Enrollment in B&I programs may not be open to the general public.
- Enrollment in B&I programs must be limited to the employees of a company or organization or to the clients of an agency. A B&I program may be developed for a small consortium of the employees of similar employers or clients of similar agencies.
- A “Notice of Intent to Apply for a New Program/Location” is required. However, if the proposed program meets the definition of a B&I program, it is distributed for information only.
- The five Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) CTE program approval standards must be met. However, evidence of need (including labor market information) is not required to be as extensive as for non-B&I programs and may be documented by the request from or agreement with the sponsoring company or organization.
- The HECC has delegated authority to CCWDto approve B&I certificate of completion programs. All AAS degree programs must be approved by HECC.
- Colleges are encouraged to design B&I programs that provide transferability of skills to other occupations and to other AAS degree and certificate of completion programs available from The college provides contracted training and the training is not advertised or open to the general public, or
- The college is awarded a contract as part of an open competitive bidding process (not sole source) to provide contracted training to a public entity where the training is not open to the general public, and courses and awards will not be transcripted by the college, or
- Instruction developed by the college is used only for the contracted training in their college, and B&I programs cannot provide education and training that could be considered as upper division coursework in either academic or professional technical education programs.
The HECC approval standards and procedures must be followed for B&I occupational preparatory or occupational supplementary programs.
Community colleges offer an array of services to businesses and organizations to meet specific needs through customized or contracted training.