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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Title XVI
Education
Chapter 239
Vocational, Adult, And Community Education
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Section 239.105, Florida Statutes 2001

1239.105  Definitions.--As used in this chapter, the term:

(1)  "Adult basic education" means courses of instruction designed to improve the employability of the state's workforce through instruction in mathematics, reading, language, and workforce readiness skills at grade level equivalency 0-8.9.

(2)  "Adult ESOL" or "adult ESL" means noncredit English language courses designed to improve the employability of the state's workforce through acquisition of communication skills and cultural competencies which enhance ability to read, write, speak, and listen in English. ESOL means English for Speakers of Other Languages. ESL means English as a Second Language. The two terms are interchangeable.

(3)  "Adult general education" means comprehensive instructional programs designed to improve the employability of the state's workforce through adult basic education, adult secondary education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, vocational-preparatory instruction, and instruction for adults with disabilities.

(4)  "Adult high school credit program" means the award of credits upon completion of courses and passing of state mandated assessments necessary to qualify for a high school diploma. Except as provided elsewhere in law, the graduation standards for adults shall be the same as those for secondary students.

(5)  "Adult secondary education" means courses through which a person receives high school credit that leads to the award of a high school diploma or courses of instruction through which a student prepares to take the General Educational Development test.

(6)  "Adult student" is a student who is beyond the compulsory school age and who has legally left elementary or secondary school, or a high school student who is taking an adult course required for high school graduation.

(7)  "Adult with disability," for the purpose of funding, means an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment, and who requires modifications to the educational program, adaptive equipment, or specialized instructional methods and services in order to participate in workforce development programs that lead to competitive employment.

(8)  "Applied technology diploma program" means a course of study that is part of a degree vocational education program, is less than 60 credit hours, and leads to employment in a specific occupation. An applied technology diploma program may consist of either vocational credit or college credit. A public school district may offer an applied technology diploma program only as vocational credit, with college credit awarded to a student upon articulation to a community college. Statewide articulation among public schools and community colleges is guaranteed by s. 240.115, and is subject to guidelines and standards adopted by the articulation coordinating committee pursuant to s. 229.551(1)(g).

(9)  "Basic literacy," which is also referred to as "beginning adult basic education," means the demonstration of academic competence from 2.0 through 5.9 educational grade levels as measured by means approved for this purpose by the State Board of Education.

(10)  "Beginning literacy" means the demonstration of academic competence from 0 through 1.9 educational grade levels as measured by means approved for this purpose by the State Board of Education.

(11)  "College-preparatory instruction" means courses through which a high school graduate who applies for an associate in arts degree program or an associate in science degree program may attain the communication and computation skills necessary to enroll in college credit instruction.

(12)  "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Education.

(13)  "Community education" means the use of a school or other public facility as a community center operated in conjunction with other public, private, and governmental organizations for the purpose of providing educational, recreational, social, cultural, health, and community services for persons in the community in accordance with the needs, interests, and concerns of that community, including lifelong learning.

(14)  "Continuing workforce education" means instruction that does not result in a vocational certificate, diploma, associate in applied science degree, or associate in science degree. Continuing workforce education is for:

(a)  Individuals who are required to have training for licensure renewal or certification renewal by a regulatory agency or credentialing body;

(b)  New or expanding businesses as described in chapter 288;

(c)  Business, industry, and government agencies whose products or services are changing so that retraining of employees is necessary or whose employees need training in specific skills to increase efficiency and productivity; or

(d)  Individuals who are enhancing occupational skills necessary to maintain current employment, to cross train, or to upgrade employment.

(15)  "Degree vocational education program" means a course of study that leads to an associate in applied science degree or an associate in science degree. A degree vocational education program may contain within it one or more occupational completion points and may lead to certificates or diplomas within the course of study. The term is interchangeable with the term "degree career education program." For licensure purposes, the term "associate in science degree" is interchangeable with "associate in applied science degree."

(16)  "Department" means the Department of Education.

(17)  "Family literacy" means a program for adults with a literacy component for parents and children or other intergenerational literacy components.

(18)  "Functional literacy," which is also referred to as "intermediate adult basic education," means the demonstration of academic competence from 6.0 through 8.9 educational grade levels as measured by means approved for this purpose by the State Board of Education.

(19)  "General Educational Development (GED) test preparation" means courses of instruction designed to prepare adults for success on the five GED subject area tests leading to qualification for a State of Florida high school diploma.

(20)  "Lifelong learning" means a noncredit course or activity offered by a school district or community college which seeks to address community social and economic issues related to health and human relations, government, parenting, consumer economics, and senior citizens. The course or activity must have specific expected outcomes that relate to one or more of these areas.

(21)  "Local educational agency" means a community college or school district.

(22)  "Local sponsor" means a school board, community college board of trustees, public library, other public entity, or private nonprofit entity, or any combination of these entities, that provides adult literacy instruction.

(23)  "Vocational certificate program" means a course of study that leads to at least one occupational completion point. The program may also confer credit that may articulate with a diploma or degree career education program, if authorized by rules of the Department of Education. Any credit instruction designed to articulate to a degree program is subject to guidelines and standards adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee pursuant to s. 229.551(1)(g). The term is interchangeable with the term "certificate career education program."

(24)  "Occupational completion point" means the vocational competencies that qualify a person to enter an occupation that is linked to a vocational program.

(25)  "Vocational education planning region" means the geographic area in which career or adult education is provided. Each vocational region is contiguous with one of the 28 community college service areas. The term may be used interchangeably with the term "career education planning region."

(26)  "Vocational-preparatory instruction" means adult general education through which persons attain academic and workforce readiness skills at the level of functional literacy (grade levels 6.0-8.9) or higher so that such persons may pursue certificate career education or higher-level career education.

(27)  "Vocational program" means a group of identified competencies leading to occupations identified by a Classification of Instructional Programs number.

(28)  "Workforce development education" means adult general education or vocational education and may consist of a continuing workforce education course or a program of study leading to an occupational completion point, a vocational certificate, an applied technology diploma, or a vocational education degree.

(29)  "Workforce literacy" means the basic skills necessary to perform in entry-level occupations or the skills necessary to adapt to technological advances in the workplace.

History.--s. 5, ch. 92-136; s. 5, ch. 94-232; s. 24, ch. 97-246; s. 16, ch. 97-307; s. 7, ch. 98-58; s. 64, ch. 2000-165; s. 3(7), ch. 2000-321.

1Note.--Repealed January 7, 2003, by s. 3(7), ch. 2000-321, and shall be reviewed by the Legislature prior to that date.

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