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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-418—AUG. 23, 1988

102 STAT. 1509

"Subpart 1—Basic Program"; (2) by strikii^ out "this part" each place such term appears in sections 321 t^*ough 324 and inserting in lieu thereof "this subpart"; and (3) by adding at the end the following new subpart: 'Subpart 2—Special Program

State and local governments.

"FINDINGS AND PURPOSE

"SBC. 326. (a) FINDINGS.—The Congress finds that— 20 USC 2376. "(1) technological change, international competition, and the demographics of the Nation's workforce have resulted in increases in the numbers of experienced adult workers who are unemployed, who have been dislocated, or who require training, retraining, or upgrading of skills, "(2) the individuals who are entering and reentering the labor market are less educated, trained, or skilled and are disproportionately employed in low-wage occupations and require additional training, and "(3) these needs can be met by education and trainii^ programs, especially vocational programs, that are responsive to the needs of individuals and the demands of the labor market. "(b) PURPOSE.—It is the purpose of this part to (1) provide financial assistance to States to enable them to expand and improve vocational education programs designed to meet current needs for training, retraining, and employment development of adults who have completed or left high school and are preparing to enter or have entered the labor market, including workers who are 55 years of age and older, in order to equip adults with the competencies and skills required for productive employment, and (2) to ensure that programs are available which are relevant to the labor market needs and accessible to all s^ments of the population. "AUTHORIZATION OF GRANTS AND USES OF FUNDS

327. (a) GRANTS TO STATES.—The Secretary shall make 20 USC 2377. grants in proportion to the amount received under section 101 to States for programs, services, and activities authorized by this part., "01)) STATE ADMINISTRATION.—(1) Grants to States under this part shall be made to the board established under section 111 to serve as the grant recipient and catalyst to public-private training partnerships. ' (2)(A) Such board shall make awards on the basis of application from educational institutions (e.g. community c o l l i e s, vocational schools, service providers under the Job Training Partnership Act (29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.), four-year c o l l i e s, universities, and community based organizations) which link up with one or more private companies in order to train people for jobs in high growth fields. "(B) The board shall establish criteria for application, application content and criteria, and procedures for the awarding oS. grants under this section. "(3) Business must be actively involved in the planning, designing, operating, and monitoring of the education and training programs so that they will meet their needs. "(4) Training can include entry level training, employee upgrading, retraining, and customized training. "SEC-