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124D.50 SERVICE-LEARNING AND WORK-BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM AND
PROGRAMS.
    Subdivision 1. Service-learning and work-based learning programs study. The
Governor's Workforce Development Council must assist the commissioner in studying how to
combine community service activities and service-learning with work-based learning programs.
    Subd. 2. Service-learning programs developed. The commissioner, in consultation with
the commission, shall develop a service-learning program curriculum that includes a policy
framework and strategies for youth community service and an infrastructure for mentoring youth.
The commissioner shall include in the curriculum at least the following:
(1) youth community service strategies that enable young people to make significant
contributions to the welfare of their community through such organizations as schools, colleges,
government agencies, and community-based organizations or through individual efforts;
(2) mentoring strategies that enable young people to be matched with caring, responsible
individuals who can encourage and guide the young people in their personal growth and
development;
(3) guidelines, criteria, and procedures for community service programs that incorporate
the results of the study in subdivision 1; and
(4) criteria for community service activities and service-learning.
    Subd. 3. Structuring programs according to grade or education level. The
service-learning curriculum must accommodate students' grade level or the last completed
grade level of the participants not currently enrolled in school. Schools must provide at least
the following:
(1) for students in grades 7 to 9, an opportunity to learn about service-learning activities
and possible occupations;
(2) for students in grade 10, an opportunity to apply for service-learning under section
124D.19 subdivision 10, and youth apprenticeship programs; and
(3) for students in grades 11 and 12 and young people not currently enrolled in school,
an opportunity to become involved in community service activities, participate in youth
apprenticeship programs, and, depending upon the individual's demonstrated abilities, complete
high school or pursue postsecondary coursework.
    Subd. 4. Programs following youth community service. (a) The Minnesota Commission
on National and Community Service in cooperation with the Governor's Workforce Development
Council, the commissioner and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, shall provide for
those participants who successfully complete youth community service under sections 124D.39
to 124D.44, the following:
(1) for those who have a high school diploma or its equivalent, an opportunity to participate
in a youth apprenticeship program at a community or technical college; and
(2) for those who are postsecondary students, an opportunity to participate in an educational
program that supplements postsecondary courses leading to a degree or a statewide credential of
academic and occupational proficiency.
(b) Participants who successfully complete a youth community service program under
sections 124D.39 to 124D.45 are eligible to receive an education voucher as provided under
section 124D.42, subdivision 4. The voucher recipient may apply the voucher toward the cost
of the recipient's tuition and other education-related expenses at a postsecondary school under
paragraph (a).
(c) The Governor's Workforce Development Council, in cooperation with the Board of
Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, must establish a mechanism to
transfer credit earned in a youth apprenticeship program between the technical colleges and other
postsecondary institutions offering applied associate degrees.
History: 1993 c 146 art 5 s 14; 1994 c 647 art 4 s 13-15; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59; 1Sp1995 c 3
art 4 s 13,14,30; art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 3 s 51,52,103; art 11 s 3; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60