H. R. 4655
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2021
Mr. Larsen of Washington (for himself, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Smith of Washington, and Mr. Langevin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
To establish a pilot program to promote public-private partnerships among apprenticeships or other job training programs, local educational agencies or area career and technical education schools, and community colleges, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
American Workforce Investment in Next Generation of Students Act .
2–2–2 Pilot Program
From the amounts appropriated to carry out this Act, the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall award grants to not less than 10 eligible entities to carry a program described in subsection (c) for eligible students.
An eligible entity that desires to receive a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary as such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
Uses of funds
An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use such grant to carry out a program under which each eligible student participating in the program—
during grades 11 and 12 at a high school served by a local educational agency partner of the eligible entity, enrolls in and completes—
STEM and STEM-focused career and technical education courses; and
courses that prepare such student for community college and a career in a State-identified high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand industry sector or occupation (within the meaning of such phrase in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006), or the manufacturing field or other vocational or career and technical education field, or a conservation, sustainability and environmentally focused jobs;
upon graduating from the high school, enrolls, at a community college partner of the eligible entity—
in a course of study related to a career pathway described in subparagraph (A)(ii); or
in a youth apprenticeship program;
upon receiving an associate’s degree from the community college, in the case of a student who has not completed the youth apprenticeship program or joint labor-management training program of the eligible entity, enrolls and participates, for at least a 2-year period, in such youth apprenticeship program or joint labor-management training program;
receives assistance, on a regular basis throughout the student’s participation in the program at the student’s request and through regular annual meetings, from a student career workforce navigator who—
assists the student in making decisions to ensure long-term success and eligibility in the program, and evaluating eligible career pathways; and
provides guidance on how to access other Federal benefits (such as nutrition assistance, housing support, and Federal student aid); and
receives work training and job placement through a general or industry specific workforce development consortium employer established under paragraph (2).
Workforce development consortium employer
An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use not less than 10 percent of the grant to establish a workforce development employer consortium described in subparagraph (B) that partners with the local educational agency and community college partners of the eligible entity to provide eligible students participating in the program described in paragraph (1) with work training and job placement.
Workforce development consortium employer
For purposes of this paragraph, the
workforce development employer consortium means—
a general workforce consortium employer that—
focuses on assessing and identifying the common workforce need for the geographic area or community served by the eligible entity; and
is composed of partnering employers, spanning multiple industries or sectors; or
an industry specific workforce development employer consortium that—
focuses on assessing and identifying the common workforce need for industries; and
is composed of partnering employers within a single industry or sector.
To be eligible to participate in a program described in subsection (c), a student shall, prior to participating in the program, demonstrate academic ability and a commitment to pursue a career pathway described in subsection (c)(1)(A)(ii).
In this section:
The term apprenticeship means an apprenticeship registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the
National Apprenticeship Act; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.).
Area career and technical education school
The term area career and technical education school has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302).
Career and technical education
The term career and technical education has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302).
The term community college has the meaning given the term junior or community college in section 312(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1058(f)).
The term eligible entity means a partnership—
at least one local educational agency or area career and technical education school;
at least one community college; and
at least one youth apprenticeship program or joint labor-management training program; and
that works with an employer in a State-identified high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand industry sector or occupation described in subsection (c)(1)(A)(ii) that is serving, or seeking to expand its capacity to serve, youth apprenticeship programs.
The terms local educational agency, high school, and State have the meanings given the terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
Joint labor-management training program
The term joint labor-management training program means a program that—
is carried out by a committee that is composed of an equal number of representatives of employers and representatives of employees represented by a bona fide collective bargaining agent; and
has been established to conduct, operate, or administer an youth apprenticeship program and enter into apprenticeship agreements with apprentices.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Education.
The term STEM means—
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and
other career and technical education subjects that build on the subjects described in subparagraph (A).
Youth apprenticeship program
The term youth apprenticeship program means an apprenticeship program that is a partner of the eligible entity that—
is designed for an eligible student who at the start of the program is eligible to be enrolled in high school; and
incorporates the following:
Paid, on-the-job learning under the supervision of skilled employee mentors.
Related classroom-based instruction at a local educational agency or community college partner of the eligible entity aligned with a career pathway described in subsection (c)(1)(A)(ii).
Ongoing assessment against established skill and competency standards.
Culmination in a recognized postsecondary credential, with the quality of the training leading to the credential reviewed by the eligible entity.
Leads to placement in further education, employment, or an apprenticeship program.