Summary: H.R.2353 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2353. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/02/1985)

National Advanced Technician Training Act - Directs the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to carry out a three-year national advanced technician training program under which accredited community and technical colleges, using matching non-Federal funds, will provide training in technical competencies in strategic fields.

Requires such program to include emphasis on-the-job training intermixed with technical occupational training. Requires such program to place special recruiting emphasis on: (1) those who need retraining or upgrading to retain their jobs; (2) those who are unemployed, especially workers dislocated by plant closings and technological change; and (3) those who have recently completed high school or left high school prior to graduation.

Requires the Director, in carrying out such program, to: (1) award grants on a competitive basis to accredited community and technical colleges which possess the demonstrated ability to provide competency-based occupational training; and (2) work with the Nation's network of community and technical colleges to establish and maintain, at NSF or by contract, a readily accessible inventory of advanced technician training programs which are serving public and private employers and addressing the changing workforce demands of emerging technology.

Requires each community or technical college which is awarded such a grant to provide an associate degree training program in designated advanced-technology occupational fields.

Sets the maximum grant award at $500,000 per year.

Requires the Director, in order to assure that the program is consistent with the needs of industries, to appoint a 15-year National Advisory Council on Advanced Technician Training, which shall advise the Director on program goals and implementation, review program effectiveness, and report annually to the Director and the Congress.

Requires the Council and the Director to submit to the Congress an annual report on the program, together with: (1) a program evaluation; (2) a catalog of the community and technical college programs identified by the required inventory; and (3) a recommendation on the feasibility of program expansion.

Requires the national program to give special emphasis to those associate degree advanced-technician training programs which: (1) include flexibility in scheduling in order to accommodate working people and parents; and (2) take steps to meets the adaptive and training needs of handicapped young people and adults.

Requires that funds appropriated under this Act be used to establish, strengthen, and expand the advanced technician training capabilities of community and technical colleges. Includes among the uses of such funds: (1) associate degree and short-cycle training program developments; (2) faculty development; (3) the development of instructional materials; (4) the lease or purchase of state-of-the-art instrumentation; (5) personnel exchanges among such colleges, the private sector, and government; (6) the development of cooperative training programs with business, industry, labor, and government; and (7) the promotion of private sector contributions to program costs, training sites, and work experience opportunities.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1986 through 1988.