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H.R. 2286: Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of May 2, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2286

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 2, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Lowenthal, and Mr. Poe of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to designate certain entities as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017.

2.

Domestic maritime centers of excellence

(a)

Designation authority

The Secretary of Transportation is authorized to designate community and technical colleges with a maritime training program and maritime training centers operated by or under the supervision of a State, if located in the United States along the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, or Great Lakes, as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education.

(b)

Assistance

(1)

Types

The Secretary may provide to an entity designated as a center of excellence under subsection (a)—

(A)

technical assistance;

(B)

surplus Federal equipment and assets; and

(C)

funding.

(2)

Purposes

The Secretary may provide assistance under paragraph (1)—

(A)

to support a maritime workforce program; and

(B)

to assist an entity designated as a center of excellence under subsection (a) to expand the capacity of the entity to train the domestic maritime workforce of the United States, including by—

(i)

admitting additional students;

(ii)

recruiting and training faculty;

(iii)

expanding facilities;

(iv)

creating new maritime career pathways; and

(v)

awarding students credit for prior experience, including military service.