Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges Also Supportive

May 23, 2018

On May 14th, the Community College Board of Governors approved revisions to Title 5 regulations covering the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship instructors. This caps a more than two-year effort to ensure that our apprenticeship instructors would be able to continue teaching credit and non-credit classes without meeting overly burdensome education requirements that some in the Community College community thought were necessary.

With considerable input from California Apprenticeship Council President Jack Buckhorn, past-President Jim Hussey, Dick Zampa, Scott Lewis, Carl Cimino, Phil Crawford, Pat McGinn, and Cesar Diaz and Jeremy Smith from the SBCTC, we were able to convince staff from the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges and the Academic Senate that our instructors already know their craft and do not need any advanced degrees to teach what they spent decades perfecting as journeymen and women.

The final regulations allow instructors to meet minimum qualifications for teaching community college for-credit courses in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Possession of an associate degree plus four years of occupational experience in the subject matter to be taught, or;
  2. Six years of occupational experience in the subject matter to be taught, a journeyman’s certificate in the subject matter to be taught, and completion of at least 12 semester units of apprenticeship or college-level work which can be satisfied concurrently during the first two years of employment as an apprenticeship instructor, or;
  3. Six years of occupational experience in the subject matter to be taught with ten years of apprenticeship instructor experience.

The final regulations also set minimum qualifications for teaching community college non-credit courses as either the same as the requirements for credit courses above or:

“Having a high school diploma along with six years of occupational experience in the occupation to be taught including two years as a journeyperson and sixty clock hours or four semester units of materials, methods, and evaluation of instruction.”

 The new minimum qualifications can be viewed at: http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/ExecutiveOffice/Board/2018_agendas/May/2.4-Attachment-1-Minimum-Quals_Apprenticeship_Regulations.pdf