Creates a service learning program for students serving as active volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers, and mandates certain features of such program.
Ayes (57): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (4): Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps, Kennedy, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learning, internship, or independent study programs
PURPOSE: To allow community colleges and State University of New York (SUNY) schools to implement programs that would provide academic credit for successful completion of a service learning, internship, or independent study program in relation to the volunteer fire service, as prescribed by regulations established by the state university trustees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends section 355 of the education law to direct the state university trustees to adopt regulations to establish a service learning, internship, or independent study program for students that serve as active volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Colleges and universities often offer internships and independent study programs so students can earn academic credit while obtaining real-life work experience. Service learning programs are an emerging and growing teaching method on college campuses and these programs are also effective in combining academic learning and real-life experiences.
One of the most critical community services provided by New York residents is volunteer fire protection and emergency services. Many younger individuals may be interested in volunteering for their local fire department or ambulance company, but are discouraged from doing so due to the time demands of being a college student. This bill provides a common-sense approach to combining community service and academic learning which will lead to greater volunteerism and more well-rounded and experienced college students.
Under this legislation, the state university trustees will establish regulations that create guidelines for a service learning, internship or independent study program for active volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers. Such programs must include a service requirement and an academic requirement. Through involvement in the volunteer fire service, a student not only provides vital community services, but can also be exposed to and learn a number of valuable principles in various academic areas. For example, common issues in the volunteer fire service include not-for-profit corporation governance, municipal government, licensing and permitting, charitable giving, record-keeping, compliance with safety and other laws, insurance, taxes, budgeting, and management.
This bill provides valuable skills and learning opportunities for students while encouraging more volunteerism to serve our communities. The skills and knowledge gained through the volunteer fire service are significant and valuable, and worthy of academic credit through properly developed and structured service learning, internship and independent study programs. This legislation allows SUNY schools and
community colleges to recognize this by offering students the opportunity to participate in such programs, as prescribed by the state university trustees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6678 IN SENATE February 26, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learn- ing, internship, or independent study programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 20 to read as follows: 20. THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH A SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIP, OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS THAT SERVE AS ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND/OR ACTIVE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS. EACH STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTION AND COMMU- NITY COLLEGE MAY, AS DETERMINED BY ITS PRESIDENT, OFFER SUCH A SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIP, OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL CONSIST OF (A) A COMMUNITY SERVICE COMPO- NENT THAT MAY BE COMPLETED THROUGH NO LESS THAN TWENTY HOURS OF VERIFI- ABLE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTING ACTIVITIES, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE OR EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITIES, OR OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED TO VOLUNTEER FIRE OR AMBULANCE SERVICE AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES, AND (B) AN ACADEMIC COMPONENT RELATED TO SUCH VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY THAT MAY BE COMPLETED THROUGH A WRITTEN REPORT OR JOURNAL, OR OTHER WRITTEN ASSIGN- MENT AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE OPEN TO ANY STUDENT ENROLLED IN AN ASSOCIATE OR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE-PRODUCING PROGRAM ON A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME BASIS THAT IS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW OR AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINETEEN-K OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW. NO MORE THAN SIX ACADEMIC CREDITS SHALL BE AWARDED TO A STUDENT FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SUCH SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIP OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM. IN DEVELOPING THE SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIP OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES MAY, IN ITS DISCRETION, CONSULT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF FIRE PREVENTIONEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14179-01-4 S. 6678 2
AND CONTROL AND/OR ANY STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS THE INTER- ESTS OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE OR THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SERVICE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law; provided however that, effective immediately, the state university trustees are authorized and directed to add, amend and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date.