H. R. 3715
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 16, 2011
Mr. Holt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To encourage online workforce training.
This Act may be cited as the
Online Job Training Act of
Online workforce training programs
Section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Online workforce training program
National Online Workforce Training Grants
From the amount appropriated under subparagraph (G), the Secretary shall award National Online Workforce Training Grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities to enable such entities to carry out workforce training programs using distance-learning technologies, such as the Internet. An entity may leverage such grant with other Federal, State, local, and private resources, in order to expand the participation of businesses, employees, and other individuals in such training programs.
Eligible entity defined
For purposes of this subsection, the term eligible entity means an educational institution, community-based organization, nonprofit organization, State board or local board, or unit of general local government, that provides online workforce training.
Priority in awarding grants under this paragraph shall be given to eligible entities that—
have demonstrated experience in implementing and operating online workforce training and education programs;
have demonstrated experience coordinating activities, where appropriate, with the workforce investment system; and
conduct training for occupations with national or local shortages.
Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this paragraph shall collect and report information on—
the number of participants in the workforce training program funded under this paragraph;
the services received by the participants;
program completion rates;
factors determined as significantly interfering with program participation or completion;
the rate of job placement; and
other information as determined as needed by the Secretary.
Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this paragraph shall conduct outreach activities to disseminate information to workforce investment boards, local governments, educational institutions, and other workforce training organizations about—
the workforce training program funded under this paragraph; and
the results of such, and the best practices with respect to workforce training identified as a result of, program.
The Secretary shall establish indicators of performance that will be used to evaluate the performance of eligible entities under this paragraph in carrying out the activities required under this paragraph. Prior to awarding a grant under this paragraph to an eligible entity, the Secretary shall negotiate and reach agreement with the entity regarding the levels of performance expected to be achieved by the entity on the indicators of performance.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this paragraph $50,000,000 for fiscal years 2012 through 2022.
Online training program clearinghouse
Description of grant
From the amounts appropriated under subparagraph (D), the Secretary shall award one grant to an eligible postsecondary educational institution to provide the services described in this paragraph.
To be eligible to receive a grant under this paragraph, a postsecondary educational institution shall—
have demonstrated the ability to disseminate research on best practices for implementing workforce investment programs; and
be a national leader in producing cutting-edge research on technology related to workforce investment systems under subtitle B.
The postsecondary educational institution that receives a grant under this paragraph shall use such grant—
to provide technical assistance to entities that receive grants under paragraph (1);
to collect and nationally disseminate the data gathered by entities that receive grants under paragraph (1); and
to disseminate best practices identified by the Secretary.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this subsection $1,000,000 for fiscal years 2012 through 2022.