38.10   Appointment of district board members.
38.12   District board duties.
38.125   Public broadcasting stations.
38.14   District board powers.
38.145   Responsibilities of students.
38.15   Financing of capital expenditures.
38.16   District tax levy; revenue limit; property tax relief aid.
38.18   Contracts and bidding.
38.20   Adjustment of assets and liabilities.
38.22   Admission requirements.
38.23   Student discrimination prohibited.
38.24   Fees and tuition.
38.26   Minority student participation and retention grants.
38.27   Incentive grants.
38.272   Farm training program tuition grants.
38.28   State aid.
38.29   Chauffeur training grants.
38.30   Special aid for veterans.
38.31   Veteran grant jobs pilot program.
38.32   Technical college instructor occupational competency program.
38.33   Professional development grants.
38.36   Nutritional improvement for elderly.
38.38   Services for students with disabilities.
38.40   Technical preparation, school-to-work, and work-based learning programs.
38.41   Training program.
38.42   Grants to meet emergency financial need.
Ch. 38 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also TCS, Wis. adm. code.
38.001 38.001 Mission and purpose.
38.001(1)(1)The legislature finds it in the public interest to provide a system of technical colleges which enables eligible persons to acquire the occupational skills training necessary for full participation in the work force; which stresses job training and retraining; which recognizes the rapidly changing educational needs of residents to keep current with the demands of the work place and through its course offerings and programs facilitates educational options for residents; which fosters economic development; which provides education through associate degree programs and other programs below the baccalaureate level; which functions cooperatively with other educational institutions and other governmental bodies; and which provides services to all members of the public.
38.001(1m) (1m)The board shall be responsible for the initiation, development, maintenance and supervision of programs with specific occupational orientations below the baccalaureate level, including associate degrees, training of apprentices and adult education below the professional level.
38.001(2) (2)The principal purposes of the technical college system are to:
38.001(2)(a) (a) Provide occupational education and training and retraining programs, including the training of apprentices, that enable residents to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment at a technical, paraprofessional, skilled or semiskilled occupation. Such programs include general education courses to facilitate student achievement in occupational skills training. The district boards should maintain courses at standards acceptable to national, regional and professional accrediting agencies and associations.
38.001(2)(b) (b) Provide customized training and technical assistance to business and industry in order to foster economic development and the expansion of employment opportunities.
38.001(3) (3)The additional purposes of the technical college system are to:
38.001(3)(a)1.1. Contract with secondary schools, including tribal schools, to provide educational opportunities for high school age students in order to enhance their potential for benefiting from postsecondary education and for obtaining employment.
38.001(3)(a)2. 2. Coordinate and cooperate with secondary schools, including tribal schools, to facilitate the transition of secondary school students into postsecondary technical college education through curriculum articulation and collaboration.
38.001(3)(b) (b) Provide a collegiate transfer program.
38.001(3)(c) (c) Provide community services and avocational or self-enrichment activities.
38.001(3)(d) (d) Provide education in basic skills to enable students to effectively function at a literate level in society.
38.001(3)(e) (e) Provide education and services which address barriers created by stereotyping and discriminating and assist individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and the disadvantaged to participate in the work force and the full range of technical college programs and activities.
38.001 Annotation Section 118.15 permits VTAE (technical college) instructors to teach a limited number of courses to public school students under certain circumstances without department of public instruction certification. Green Bay Education Association. v. DPI, 154 Wis. 2d 655, 453 N.W.2d 915 (Ct. App. 1990).
38.01 38.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
38.01(1) (1)“Associate degree program" means a 2-year, post-high school program in an area designated and approved by the board for which the course requirements are established by the board.
38.01(2) (2)“Board" means the technical college system board.
38.01(3) (3)“Collegiate transfer program" means a statewide, full-time program, designated and approved by the board, in which the credits earned may be transferable to a 4-year institution of higher education.
38.01(4) (4)“Community service program" means an avocational or self-enrichment course that does not lead to a paying occupation or present essential skills needed in nonpaying occupations and that is established by a district board and approved by the state director under procedures established by the board.
38.01(5) (5)“District" means a technical college district established under this chapter.
38.01(6) (6)“District board" means the district board in charge of the technical colleges of a district.
38.01(7) (7)“School board" means the school board in charge of the public schools of a school district.
38.01(8) (8)“School district" means a school district operating high school grades.
38.01(9) (9)“School year" means the time commencing with July 1 and ending with the next succeeding June 30.
38.01(9m) (9m)“Tribal school" has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (15m).
38.01(10) (10)“Vocational-adult program" means a part-time vocationally oriented program established by a district board which is approved by the state director under procedures established by the board.
38.01(11) (11)“Vocational diploma program" means a one- or 2-year, full-time program in an area designated and approved by the board for which the course requirements are established by the board.
38.02 38.02 Establishment. There is established under this chapter a system of technical colleges to foster and maintain instruction in courses approved by the board in part-time and full-time day or evening classes.
38.02 History History: 1971 c. 154; 1989 a. 359; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 399.
38.04 38.04 Technical college system board; powers and duties.
38.04(1)(1)General. The board shall determine the organization, plans, scope and development of technical colleges. For state aid, credit determination and other purposes, the board shall establish criteria for the establishment of district schools and shall classify and name the district schools.
38.04(1m) (1m) Goals and accountability measures for economic development programs.
38.04(1m)(a) (a) In this subsection, “economic development program" means a program or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging the establishment and growth of business in this state, including the creation and retention of jobs, and that satisfies all of the following:
38.04(1m)(a)1. 1. The program receives funding from the state or federal government that is allocated through an appropriation under ch. 20.
38.04(1m)(a)2. 2. The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
38.04(1m)(b) (b) The board, in consultation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, shall do all of the following for each economic development program administered by the board:
38.04(1m)(b)1. 1. Establish clear and measurable goals for the program that are tied to statutory policy objectives.
38.04(1m)(b)2. 2. Establish at least one quantifiable benchmark for each program goal described in subd. 1.
38.04(1m)(b)3. 3. Require that each recipient of a grant or loan under the program submit a report to the board. Each contract with a recipient of a grant or loan under the program shall specify the frequency and format of the report to be submitted to the board and the performance measures to be included in the report.
38.04(1m)(b)4. 4. Establish a method for evaluating the projected results of the program with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in subds. 1. and 2.
38.04(1m)(b)5. 5. Annually and independently verify, from a sample of grants and loans, the accuracy of the information required to be reported under subd. 3.
38.04(1m)(b)6. 6. Establish by rule a requirement that the recipient of a grant or loan under the program of at least $100,000 submit to the board a verified statement signed by both an independent certified public accountant licensed or certified under ch. 442 and the director or principal officer of the recipient to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement, and make available for inspection the documents supporting the verified statement. The board shall include the requirement established by rule under this subdivision in the contract entered into by a grant or loan recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7. 7. Establish by rule policies and procedures permitting the board to do all of the following if a recipient of a grant or loan or tax benefits under the program submits false or misleading information to the board or fails to comply with the terms of a contract entered into with the board under the program and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the board an explanation for the noncompliance:
38.04(1m)(b)7.a. a. Recoup payments made to the recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7.b. b. Withhold payments to be made to the recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7.c. c. Impose a forfeiture on the recipient.
38.04(2) (2) Director. The board shall appoint a director, outside the classified service, to serve at its pleasure.
38.04(2m) (2m) Executive assistant. The director may appoint an executive assistant, outside the classified service, to serve at his or her pleasure.
38.04(3) (3) Staff. The board shall appoint such staff as is necessary under the classified service. Two division administrator positions shall be filled outside the classified service.
38.04(4) (4) Teacher and course requirements.
38.04(4)(a) (a) The qualifications of educational personnel and the courses of study for each program offered in district schools shall be approved by the board. The board may charge the districts for the full costs associated with certification of educational personnel. Such certification expenses shall not be included in the district aidable cost.
38.04(4)(am) (am) The board shall not consider any course of study for approval under par. (a) that has not first been approved by the district board.
38.04(4)(b) (b) The board may authorize district boards to grant associate degrees to those students who successfully complete associate degree programs.
38.04(4)(c) (c) Collegiate transfer programs shall not comprise more than 25 percent of the approved credit hours offered in any technical college district.
38.04(4)(cm) (cm) The board shall enter into the agreement required under s. 36.31 (2m) (b). The board shall submit an annual report to the governor and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that describes the agreement entered into under s. 36.31 (2m) (b) and a summary of the board's implementation of the agreement.
38.04(4)(e) (e) No driver education course may be approved by the board unless it does all of the following:
38.04(4)(e)1. 1. Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by machinery and animals on highways and provides instruction in safely dealing with such hazards.
38.04(4)(e)2. 2. Provides at least 30 minutes of instruction relating to organ and tissue donation and organ and tissue donation procedures.
2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 71 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on February 14, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 14, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-14-24)