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For the purposes of this part:
Advanced degree means a professional or graduate degree, e.g., master's, Ph.D., J.D.
Agency means an agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105, and the Government Printing Office.
Certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Director means the Director of OPM or his or her designee.
OPM means the Office of Personnel Management.
Participant Agreement means a written agreement between the agency and each Pathways Participant.
Program Participant or Pathways Participant means any individual appointed under a Pathways Program.
Qualifying educational institution means—
(1) A public high school whose curriculum has been approved by a State or local governing body, a private school that provides secondary education as determined under State law, or a homeschool that is allowed to operate in a State; and
(2) Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education:
(i) A technical or vocational school;
(ii) A 2-year or 4-year college or university;
(iii) A graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or
(iv) A post-secondary homeschool curriculum.