(110 ILCS 805/3-53)
    Sec. 3-53. Private-public partnership boards.
    (a) In this Section:
    "Advanced manufacturing technology" means a program of study that leads students to an industry certification, diploma, degree, or combination of these in skills and competencies needed by manufacturers.
    "Industry certification" means an industry-recognized credential that is (i) industry created, (ii) nationally portable, (iii) third-party-validated by either the International Organization for Standardization or the American National Standards Institute and is data-based and supported.
    "Institution" means a public high school or community college, including a community college in a community college district to which Article 7 of this Act applies, that offers instruction in advanced manufacturing technology for credit towards a degree.
    "Private-public partnership board" means a formal group of volunteers within a community college district that may be comprised of some, but not necessarily all, of the following: local and regional manufacturers, applicable labor unions, community college officials, school district superintendents, high school principals, workforce investment boards, or other individuals willing to participate.
    (b) The creation of a private-public partnership board is encouraged and may be authorized at each community college. A board, if created, shall meet no less than 5 of the following criteria:
        (1) be minimally comprised of those entities
described in subsection (a) of this Section;
        (2) be led cooperatively by a manufacturer, a school
district superintendent, and a community college president or their designees;
        (3) meet no less than twice each State fiscal year;
        (4) encourage and define the implementation of
programs of study in advanced manufacturing technology to meet the competency and skill demands of manufacturers;
        (5) define a minimum of 4 programs of study in
advanced manufacturing technology to meet the needs of the broadest number of manufacturers in the area;
        (6) encourage formal alignment and dual-credit
opportunities for high school students who begin advanced manufacturing technology training to transition to community college programs of study in advanced manufacturing technology; and
        (7) establish, as its foundation, the certified
production technician credential offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council or its successor entity.
(Source: P.A. 100-884, eff. 1-1-19.)