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Introduced in House (06/03/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5380


To direct the Secretary of Labor to establish a competitive grant program for community colleges to train veterans for local jobs.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 3, 2016

Mr. Israel introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Labor to establish a competitive grant program for community colleges to train veterans for local jobs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Revamping the Education of our Veterans to Align Manufacturing through Partnerships with Community Colleges Act of 2016” or “REVAMP with Community Colleges Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) In October 2014, the unemployment rate for veterans who had returned from Iraq and Afghanistan was 7.2 percent, a rate above the national average. Unemployment among returning female veterans was even higher, and also was above the national average.

(2) Such veterans have benefits to use under chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code.

(3) Manufacturing companies have approximately 285,000 vacancies they are struggling to fill.

SEC. 3. Grant program to train veterans for local jobs.

(a) In general.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall establish a program to award competitive grants to eligible community colleges (as described in subsection (b)) to train covered veterans for jobs in the local community.

(b) Eligibility.—In order to be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a community college shall submit an application to the Secretary that demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the local community in which the community college is located has—

(1) employment opportunities that require trained workers; and

(2) a significant population of covered veterans that might pursue the employment opportunities described in paragraph (1) if given access to necessary training.

(c) Use of funds.—A community college receiving a grant under this section shall use amounts under the grant to—

(1) conduct an analysis of—

(A) the demand for additional trained employees among local employers, including local manufacturers; and

(B) the skills and training possessed by covered veterans seeking employment with local employers, including local manufacturers;

(2) carry out an existing, or develop and implement a new, certificate or degree program at the community college that provides training to covered veterans that addresses the demand for additional trained employees among local employers, including local manufacturers; and

(3) facilitate the establishment of an advisory board that consists of representatives from the local business community and the employee from the Department of Veterans Affairs detailed under section 4—

(A) to provide assistance regarding the training described in paragraph (2); and

(B) to assist covered veterans who have successfully completed the training described in paragraph (2) in their pursuit of local employment opportunities.

SEC. 4. Detail of Department of Veterans Affairs employee.

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall detail an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate on the supervisory board established in section 3(c)(3).

SEC. 5. Grant amount.

To the maximum extent practicable, the amount of a grant under section 3 shall not exceed $2,000,000.

SEC. 6. Report.

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report—

(1) evaluating the success of the program established under section 3; and

(2) making recommendations as to whether the program should be continued, and if so, whether the program should be expanded.

SEC. 7. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) COMMUNITY COLLEGE.—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)).

(2) COVERED VETERAN.—The term “covered veteran” means a veteran receiving educational assistance under chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code.

(3) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Labor.

SEC. 8. Authorization of appropriations.

(a) In general.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2017 to carry out this Act.

(b) Availability.—Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations under subsection (a) are authorized to remain available until expended.