Section 16-60-354

Administration of Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program; allocation of funds.

(a) The Department of Postsecondary Education shall be responsible for administering the Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program, for promulgating rules necessary for the department to implement the provisions of this article, and for allocating or disbursing the funds made available by this article for qualifying educational expenses. However, the Department of Postsecondary Education may annually allocate up to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) of the funds received pursuant to this article for qualifying educational expenses for administrative costs directly associated with implementing the provisions of this article.

(b) The Department of Postsecondary Education shall work with business and industry partners, the Alabama Workforce Training Council, the Alabama Community College System, and the Regional Workforce Development Councils to ensure that the funds received pursuant to this article are allocated in a manner consistent with addressing the identified needs in each workforce region regarding the Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, a taxpayer that makes a contribution toward qualifying educational expenses for the Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program may direct that up to 80 percent of the taxpayer's contribution be allocated by the Department of Postsecondary Education to specific career technical programs or courses at a particular Alabama Community College System institution. The remaining or otherwise undirected portion of any such contribution shall be allocated or disbursed by the Department of Postsecondary Education pursuant to the provisions of this article.

(d) Any portion of funds from contributions received pursuant to this article during a tax year and remaining unallocated at the end of that tax year may be used by the Department of Postsecondary Education in subsequent tax years for qualifying educational expenses.

(Act 2014-147, p. 422, §5.)