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Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education
Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education
Alabama : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board for Vocational Education.

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Alaska : Postsecondary Governance Structures In 1996, the Governor's Council on Vocational Education was eliminated. Currently, the Alaska Human Resources Investment Council plays a role in statewide vocational education planning. The Commission on Postsecondary Education has statutory authority for planning postsecondary vocational education. The state's regional universities offer vocational education programs under Board of Regents authority.

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Arizona : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. All less-than-baccalaureate programs offered by institutions of postsecondary education, however, are under governing boards of those institutions. Occupational programs offered by institutions designated as area vocational schools are under the supervision of the State Board of Education.
Arkansas : Postsecondary Governance Structures Under the reform legislation of 1997, the State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities replaced the State Board of Education as the State Board for Vocational Education. Legislation also changed the name of the Division of Vocational and Technical Education to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education. This department and its director report directly to the State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities, operate 10 postsecondary vocational-technical programs at all levels.

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California : Postsecondary Governance Structures In California, the State Board of Education has been designated by the federal government as the State Board of Vocational Education. Most responsibilities, however, are executed by a Joint Committee on Vocational Education, which has equal representation from both the Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
Colorado : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education is the State Board of Education.
Connecticut : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. The Commissioner of Higher Education serves as an ex-officio member by virtue of the elected office he or she holds.

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Delaware : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. In Delaware, all less-than-baccalaureate occupational education programs are supervised by the postsecondary governing boards, and no such programs appear to be under the State Board of Education. To the extent that any of the less-than-baccalaureate programs are offered by institutions designated as area vocational schools, these institutions are under the supervision of the state board and responsibility is divided between the postsecondary governing boards and the state board.

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District of Columbia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The D.C. State Board of Education serves as the District's Board of Vocational Education, with the D.C. Advisory Council on Adult Education and Literacy acting in an advisory capacity. The Participatory Planning committee of the body develops the Annual Performance Report for Adult Education and Literacy.

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Florida : Postsecondary Governance Structures As part of the reorganization process, an Office of Workforce Development, within the office of the Commissioner of Education, will report to the Florida Board of Education.
Georgia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Technical and Adult Education is responsible for establishing standards, regulations and policies for the operation of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, the state's 34 technical colleges, and 17 satellite campuses. The Board also oversees the state's adult literacy education programs.

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Hawaii : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii also serves as the State Board for Career and Technical Education with basic responsibility for planning, coordinating and evaluating public vocational education programs at the secondary and postsecondary levels and for requesting and allocating federal funds within the state.

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Idaho : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board for Professional-Technical Education.

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Illinois : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Illinois Community College Board has responsibility for adult and vocational education.

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Indiana : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Commission on Vocational and Technical Education is the State Board for Vocational Education. The commission consists of 11 citizens who are appointed to four-year terms by the governor. Each of 10 congressional districts is represented by a member; the remaining member represents the state at-large.
Iowa : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board of Vocational Education and exercises statutory authority over 15 community colleges.

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Kansas : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.
Kentucky : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Department of Technical Education in the Cabinet for Workforce Development operates 52 area vocational education centers, which primarily offer secondary vocational programs, but also offer postsecondary programs. 12 postsecondary education programs at state correctional facilities are operated by the department under contract with the Department of Corrections. The 1997 postsecondary education reform moves the 15 public postsecondary education vocational-technical schools from the Workforce Development Cabinet to the Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
Louisiana : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.
Maine : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Board of Trustees of the Technical College System of Maine is the governing body responsible for the governance of public postsecondary vocational-technical education.
Maryland : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Maryland State Department of Education oversees vocational education.

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Massachusetts : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Massachusetts Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education.

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Michigan : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. With recommendations from the Community College Board, the Board approves occupational programs for the 29 public community and junior colleges.

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Minnesota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) oversees the state's vocational-technical education programs.
Mississippi : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board of Vocational-Technical Education.

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Missouri : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education in Missouri. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has developed and implemented the State Plan for Postsecondary Technical Education. The plan designates the state's community colleges as the lead institutions for postsecondary technical education. It also calls for articulated courses and programs from the state's area vocational technical schools, community colleges, and baccalaureate, master's and public doctoral degree-granting engineering universities.
Montana : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Board of Regents of Higher Education is responsible for the governance of public postsecondary vocational-technical education.

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Nebraska : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board of Vocational Education.

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Nevada : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.

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New Hampshire : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Board of Trustees of the Community Technical College System is responsible for the governance of public postsecondary vocational-technical education.

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New Jersey : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education.

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New Mexico : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education.
New York : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Regents are the State Board of Vocational Education, since the federal government empowers them to administer funds and programs under the Vocational Education Act.

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North Carolina : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board of Vocational Education, but shares authority for this area with the State Board of Community Colleges.

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North Dakota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Public School Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.

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Ohio : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education.
Oklahoma : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Career and Technology Education supervises the vocational and technical schools of Oklahoma. Its members consist of the state superintendent of public instruction, 6 appointed members of the State Board of Education plus 6 members appointed by the governor.

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Oregon : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board of Vocational Education and as the State Board for Community Colleges.
Pennsylvania : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education serves as the State Board for Vocational Education.

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Puerto Rico : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Human Resources and Occupational Development Council of Puerto Rico is recognized as the state agency for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education.
Rhode Island : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. However, the Board of Governors for Higher Education has approval authority over all postsecondary for-profit/proprietary schools.

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South Carolina : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is designated the State Board of Vocational Education and governs secondary vocational programs in 43 vocational education centers and a number of comprehensive high schools. Postsecondary vocational and technical programs are conducted by 16 public technical colleges governed by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education and by a number of junior and senior public and private colleges.
South Dakota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is a citizen board attached to the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. It governs both secondary and postsecondary vocational education, as well as pre-K-12 education.

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Tennessee : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board for Vocational Education.

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Texas : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education functions as the State Board for Career and Technology Education. The coordinating board is responsible for administration and funding of programs relating to vocational-technical education in Texas' public community colleges, the Texas State Technical College System and other public postsecondary institutions.
Utah : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Regents is responsible for all postsecondary vocational and technical education. 9 of the 10 institutions deliver postsecondary vocational and technical training. In 2001, the Legislature created the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT), which consists of 10 regional applied technology colleges located throughout the state. The UCAT Board of Trustees, and Boards of Trustees at each of the regional colleges, has direct responsibility for training and education opportunities provided at the colleges for high school age students and adults. The regional colleges work closely with other postsecondary education institutions and local school boards in providing services and avoiding unnecessary duplication in programs and/or facilities.

No approval or licensing agency exists for private degree-granting and proprietary schools. Nonaccredited proprietary schools are required to register with the Board of Regents.

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Vermont : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education. All less-than-baccalaureate postsecondary occupational education programs fall under the 2 higher education governing boards. 3 schools of licensed practical nursing, which have been operated by the State Department of Education, were transferred to the Vermont State Colleges effective July 1, 1994.

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Virginia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The State Board of Education is the State Board of Vocational Education.
Washington : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, created in 1991, serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. It is responsible for planning, coordinating, evaluating, monitoring and analyzing policy for the state training system as a whole. In addition, the board advises the governor and legislature concerning the state training system.
West Virginia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The West Virginia Education Policy Commission governs public postsecondary vocational-technical education in the state.
Wisconsin : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Wisconsin Technical College System Board is the State Board of Vocational Education (see the State-Level Coordinating and/or Governing Agency section).

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Wyoming : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Wyoming Community College Commission is responsible for the governance of postsecondary vocational-technical education.

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