|(a) The board may use state funds to provide education
and training for its employees in accordance with the State Employees
Training Act (Texas Government Code, §§656.041 - 656.104).
To be eligible for training and education supported by the board,
an employee must:
(1) remain employed by the board for the duration of
the training or education;
(2) receive approval for the training or education
from the employee's supervisor; and
(3) accept the obligation to successfully complete
the education or training program.
(b) The education or training shall be related to the
employee's current position or prospective job duties at the board.
(c) The board's education and training program benefits
both the board and the employees participating by:
(1) preparing for technological and legal developments;
(2) increasing work capabilities;
(3) increasing the number of qualified employees in
areas for which the board has difficulty in recruiting and retaining
(4) increasing the competence of agency employees.
(d) Board employees may be required to complete an
education or training program related to the employee's duties or
prospective duties as a condition of employment.
(e) Participation in an education or training program
requires the appropriate level of approval prior to participation
and is subject to the availability of funds within the agency's budget.
(f) The employee education and training program for
the board may include:
(1) mandatory agency-sponsored training required for
(2) education relating to technical or professional
certifications and licenses;
(3) education and training relating to the promotion
of employee development;
(4) employee-funded external education;
(5) board-funded external education; and
(6) other board-sponsored education and training determined
by the board to fulfill the purposes of the State Employees Training
(g) The board's Human Resources Director is designated
as the administrator of the board's education and training program.
(h) Approval to participate in any portion of the board's
education and training program shall not in any way affect an employee's
at-will status or constitute a guarantee or indication of continued
employment, nor shall it constitute a guarantee or indication of future
employment in a current or prospective position.
(i) Permission to participate in any education and
training program may be withdrawn if the board determines, in its
sole discretion, that participation would negatively impact the employee's
job duties or performance.
(j) If an employee seeks reimbursement for a training
or education program offered by an institution of higher education
or private or independent institution of higher education as defined
by Texas Education Code §61.003, Education Code, the board may
only pay the tuition expenses for a program course successfully completed
by the employee at an accredited institution of higher education.
Before an employee may be reimbursed for training under this subsection,
the Board's Executive Director must authorize the reimbursement.