(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Approved industry credential or certificate" means a credential or certificate that is approved by the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents.
(2) "Eligible institution" means any of the following:
(a) A community college established under Chapter 3354. of the Revised Code;
(b) A technical college established under Chapter 3357. of the Revised Code;
(c) A state community college established under Chapter 3358. of the Revised Code;
(d) An Ohio technical center recognized by the chancellor that provides post-secondary workforce education.
(3) "Eligible student" means an individual who is at least twenty-two years of age and has not received a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence, as defined in section 4109.06 of the Revised Code.
(B) The adult career opportunity pilot program is hereby established to permit an eligible institution to obtain approval from the state board of education and the chancellor to develop and offer a program of study that allows an eligible student to obtain a high school diploma. A program shall be eligible for this approval if it satisfies all of the following requirements:
(1) The program allows an eligible student to complete the requirements for obtaining a high school diploma while completing requirements for an approved industry credential or certificate.
(2) The program includes career advising and outreach.
(3) The program includes opportunities for students to receive a competency-based education.
(C) The superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the chancellor, shall adopt rules for the implementation of the adult career opportunity pilot program, including the requirements for applying for program approval.
Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.