WAG 21-03-02.

Vocational Training includes all programs that prepare the client for a specific type of work. The program may be offered by a public community college, public or private university, or private business/technical school. The program usually results in the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement or Completion and/or prepares the client to obtain a license. The program may result in an Associate or Bachelor's Degree.

An Associate or Bachelor degree program is Vocational Training if the degree qualifies the client for a specific job or field of work. For example, Registered Nursing and Physical Therapy degree programs are Vocational Training. An Associate degree program is judged either Postsecondary Education or Vocational Training, the same as a Bachelor degree, based on the client's educational goal. For example, Sociology is Postsecondary Education and Radiology Technician is Vocational Training. All Associate in Applied Science degree programs are Vocational Training.

From 01/99 on, a month of TANF assistance does not count against an 04 caretaker's 60-month limit if the client attends an accredited Associate or Bachelor's degree program full-time and has a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale. Stop the TANF counter when these degree program criteria are met (see PM 03-06-01-d).

English as a Second Language (ESL) is Vocational Training when the course of study is focused on preparing the client for work. For example, ESL taught by agencies serving refugees is Vocational Training because they are teaching words and phrases often used in a work environment.

Allow one hour of study time for each credit hour of class when figuring participation hours. If the class is not listed in credit hours, use actual class time. Round up fractional hours.