Whereas, AB 387 (Thurmond, as of February 9, 2017) would require health care entities (e.g. hospitals) to pay allied health students minimum wage for time spent completing the clinical training hours that are mandated by state laws governing each discipline and that are required in order to obtain California and national licensure and/or certification;
Whereas, The ASCCC recognizes that the intent of AB 387 (Thurmond, as of February 9, 2017) is to provide some useful financial assistance to our allied health students; however, students are not employees and the cost of treating them as such would impose a prohibitive financial burden on our clinical education sites, causing many to opt out of providing clinical education opportunities to students;
Whereas, Inability to form clinical experience partnerships with local clinical sites would reduce the capacity of, and in some cases, eliminate many California community college allied health career programs; and
Whereas, Such loss of clinical education opportunities would drastically reduce the number of certified and licensed graduates from California community colleges, exacerbate existing allied health care workforce shortages, and block student access to high demand living-wage jobs;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose AB 387 (Thurmond, as of February 9, 2017) and communicate this opposition to the California State Legislature.