7 U.S. Code § 3319e - New Era Rural Technology Program
(a) Definition of community college
In this section, the term “community college” means an institution of higher education (as defined in section 1001 of title 20)—
(1) that admits as regular students individuals who—
(A) are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the State in which the institution is located; and
(2) that does not provide an educational program for which the institution awards a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree; and
(A) provides an educational program of not less than 2 years that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree; or
(B) offers a 2-year program in engineering, technology, mathematics, or the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, designed to prepare a student to work as a technician or at the semiprofessional level in engineering, scientific, or other technological fields requiring the understanding and application of basic engineering, scientific, or mathematical principles of knowledge.
(A) In general
The Secretary shall establish a program to be known as the “New Era Rural Technology Program”, to make grants available for technology development, applied research, and training to aid in the development of an agriculture-based renewable energy workforce.
(2) Requirements for funding
To receive funding under this section, an entity shall—
(A) be a community college or advanced technological center, located in a rural area and in existence on the date of the enactment of this section, that participates in agricultural or bioenergy research and applied research;
(B) have a proven record of development and implementation of programs to meet the needs of students, educators, and business and industry to supply the agriculture-based, renewable energy or pulp and paper manufacturing fields with certified technicians, as determined by the Secretary; and
(c) Grant priority
In providing grants under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to eligible entities working in partnership—
Source(Pub. L. 95–113, title XIV, § 1473E, as added Pub. L. 110–234, title VII, § 7137,May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1229, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VII, § 7137,June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1990.)
References in Text
The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (b)(2)(A), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–246, which was approved June 18, 2008.
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234was repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
A prior section 3319e,Pub. L. 95–113, title XIV, § 1473E, as added Pub. L. 101–220, § 5,Dec. 12, 1989, 103 Stat. 1878, related to research into new commercial products from natural plant materials, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–237, title IV, § 402(14),Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1863.