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AB-2494 Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) More than 60,000 veterans and active duty service members were enrolled at campuses of the California Community Colleges in the 2013–14 academic year.
(b) Education is a tool for community college students to achieve economic success.
(c) Veterans face unique challenges in achieving professional success, including post-traumatic stress disorder and assimilation to civilian life during and after serving on active duty.
(d) The intent of the Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program is to help veterans and active duty service members enrolled at campuses of the California Community Colleges achieve academic and professional success.

SEC. 2.

 Part 52.7 (commencing with Section 88670) is added to Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

PART 52.7. Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program

88670.
 This part shall be known, and may be cited, as the Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program.
88671.
 The Veteran Resource Centers Grant Fund is hereby established in the State Treasury. Moneys in the fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, shall be allocated to the chancellor for the implementation and administration of this part.
88672.
 A governing board of a community college district and a community college campus at which a veterans resource center has been or is intended to be established may jointly apply to the chancellor for a grant to provide resources to veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States enrolled at the campus to help them succeed academically.
88673.
 (a) The chancellor shall do both of the following:
(1) Administer the program and distribute awards to recipient community college districts and campuses.
(2) Develop application criteria, administrative guidelines, and other requirements, by May 26, 2017, through a stakeholder process and public meetings, for administering the program.
(b) An applicant who receives a grant award in the first fiscal year that grants are awarded shall not be required to match the amount of the award. An applicant who receives a grant award in a fiscal year that follows shall match the amount of the award dollar-for-dollar.
88674.
 This part shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2023, deletes or extends that date.