H. R. 2286
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 2, 2017
Mr. Gene Green of Texas (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017.
Domestic maritime centers of excellence
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.
The Secretary may provide to an entity designated as a center of excellence under subsection (a)—
surplus Federal equipment and assets; and
The Secretary may provide assistance under paragraph (1)—
to support a maritime workforce program; and
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—
admitting additional students;
recruiting and training faculty;
creating new maritime career pathways; and
awarding students credit for prior experience, including military service.