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Text of the AMERICA Works Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 29, 2010 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 16, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4072

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Kratovil, Mr. Bright, and Mrs. Halvorson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require that certain Federal job training and career education programs give priority to programs that provide a national industry-recognized and portable credential.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Manufacturing Efficiency and Retraining Investment Collaboration Act or the AMERICA Works Act.

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Nationally recognized and portable credentials for job training programs

(a)

Workforce Investment Act

(1)

General employment and training activities

Section 134 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2864) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(f)

Priority for programs that provide a national industry-Recognized credential

In selecting and approving training programs or services under this section, a State, a local board, and a one-stop delivery system shall give priority approval to programs that provide a national industry-recognized and portable credential, certificate, or degree.

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(2)

Youth activities

Section 129(c)(1)(C) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2854(c)(1)(C)) is amended by redesignating clauses (ii) through (iv) as clauses (iii) through (v), respectively, and inserting after clause (i) the following:

(ii)

to the extent available and appropriate, a national industry-recognized credential, certificate, or degree;

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(b)

Career and technical education

Section 3(5)(A)(ii) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302) is amended by inserting that is nationally recognized and portable and which may provide a basis for additional credentials, certificates, or degrees after an industry-recognized credential.

(c)

Training programs under TAA

Section 236(a)(5) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2296(a)(5)) is amended by inserting after the sentence that follows subparagraph (H)(ii) the following: In approving training programs under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall seek to approve programs that provide a national industry-recognized and portable credential, certificate, or degree..