17:1822    Elaine P. Nunez Vocational-Technical Institute and the St. Bernard Parish Community College; merger

 A. The Elaine P. Nunez Vocational-Technical Institute is hereby merged with the St. Bernard Parish Community College to form the Elaine P. Nunez Community College which shall be developed, maintained, and managed as a comprehensive community college offering vocational programs as well as one and two-year occupational and academic programs. The academic programs shall be transferable to other state institutions in accordance with approved program development and articulation agreements among the institutions.

 B. The funds, property, and obligations of the institutions that are hereby merged are vested in the Elaine P. Nunez Community College under the management of the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges in the same manner and with the same limitations as other institutions in the system.

 C. After the effective date of the creation of the Elaine P. Nunez Community College:

 (1) All students enrolled in programs in either of the preexisting institutions shall be permitted to complete their programs at no greater cost or different conditions than what would have been the case prior to the merger.

 (2) All faculty members and employees at either of the preexisting institutions shall be retained in their positions, pursuant to the same policies and conditions applicable to them under the preexisting institutions, pursuant to the provisions of this Paragraph. The administration of the community college, established in this Part, shall undertake a careful and deliberate review of the programs, faculty, and employees of each of the preexisting institutions and provide for a transition consistent with the mission of the community college that provides an opportunity to the faculty and employees of the preexisting institutions to undertake roles in the new institution that are at least equivalent to their roles in the preexisting institutions. Such opportunity shall include provision of additional training or professional development at no cost to the faculty member or employee as is necessary to prepare such faculty member or employee to undertake his role in the community college.

 (3) Students, faculty, and employees of the community college shall be entitled to and eligible for all benefits provided by law or regulation for students, faculty, and employees of other two-year institutions of higher education.

Added by Acts 1992, No. 341, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 151, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.