Local Senate Purview and Apprenticeship Programs

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Curriculum Committee
Local Senates
Status Report

2017 - 18: Create letter, Rostrum, and breakout.

Proposer Contact
John Freitas, Los Angeles City College

Whereas, AB 86 (Committee on Budget, 2013-2014) shifted all fiscal authority for apprenticeship programs from the California Department of Education to the Chancellor’s Office, and the expansion of educational programs in apprenticeship in the California community colleges is anticipated;

Whereas, The Chancellor’s Office states that the “community colleges have approximately 25,000 apprentices enrolled in over 160 apprenticeship programs comprised of a total of 66 trades/crafts titles located on 39 campuses[1]”, with 27 California community colleges being members of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC)[2], as authorized under the National Apprenticeship Act and which includes criteria that fall under the purview of local senates, including criteria for awarding credit, transfer of credit, and academic residency requirements[3]; and

Whereas, Concerns have been expressed by local faculty leaders about apprenticeship curriculum not meeting local standards, inappropriateness of the assignment of apprenticeship courses to disciplines, and lack of engagement between apprenticeship programs and college processes such as program review, all of which are matters of local senate purview;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that local academic senate purview over academic and professional matters applies to all academic programs, including apprenticeship; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that college administrations must collegially consult with their local academic senates before agreeing to join the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium.


[2] For more information about RACC, go to https://www.doleta.gov/OA/pdf/RACC_FAQs1.pdf.

[3] These criteria are part of the RACC framework, found at https://www.doleta.gov/OA/pdf/RACC_framework.pdf.