(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall adopt rules and regulations for cooperative career technical education programs and community classrooms. The rules and regulations shall include, but need not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Selection and approval of work and training stations.
(2) Related classroom instruction.
(3) Supervision of students while in training.
(4) Joint venture training agreements and plans.
(5) Student teacher ratios.
(6) Paid and unpaid on-the-job experiences.
(7) Credit for participation in cooperative career technical education programs and community classrooms.
(b) As used in this section, "cooperative career technical education programs" includes cooperative agreements between schools and employers to provide students with paid on-the-job experiences, as well as career technical education instruction contributing to the student's education and employability.
(c) As used in this section, "community classrooms" includes instructional methodologies which are part of a career technical education course, and which may utilize the facilities and equipment of a public agency or private business to provide students the opportunity to expand competencies developed in a career technical course in unpaid on-the-job experiences.
(d) Joint venture agreements shall be entered into between the director and the management of the community classroom site to ensure that students will be provided, through unpaid on-the-job experiences, the opportunity to expand the competencies developed in the classroom instruction portion of their training. Each instructor, in cooperation with the business or agency in which the student will be placed, shall develop an individualized training plan for each pupil enrolled in a community classroom.
(e) All statutes and regulations applicable to minors in employment relationships apply to cooperative career technical education programs and to community classrooms.
(f) For purposes of this section, "public agency" means any public agency capable of providing unpaid on-the-job experience meeting all of the following requirements:
(1) The on-the-job experiences are in occupations for which there is a local job market.
(2) The on-the-job experiences are equivalent to those which could be received for each specific occupational area as if they were held at a private business site.
(Amended by Stats 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 71)