The community colleges and the economic development authority are authorized to fund high technology apprenticeship programs which comply with the requirements specified in section 260C.44 and which may include both new and statewide apprenticeship programs. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 260F.6, subsection 2, relating to maximum award amounts, moneys allocated to the community colleges with high technology apprenticeship programs shall be distributed to the community colleges based upon contact hours under the programs administered during the prior fiscal year as determined by the department of education. The economic development authority shall adopt rules governing this section’s operation and participant eligibility.
Sec. 70. Section 260F.7, Code 2014, is amended to read as follows: