20 U.S. Code § 1161p - Grants to create bridges from jobs to careers
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The purpose of this section is to provide grants on a competitive basis to institutions of higher education for the purpose of improving developmental education to help students move more rapidly into for-credit occupational courses and into better jobs that may require a certificate or degree.
(b) Authorization of program
From amounts appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to institutions of higher education, as defined in section 1001 (a) of this title, to create workforce bridge programs between developmental courses and for-credit courses in occupational certificate programs that are articulated to degree programs. Such workforce bridge programs shall focus on—
(1) improving developmental education, including English language instruction, by customizing developmental education to student career goals; and
An institution of higher education desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.
The Secretary shall give priority to applications that—
(1) are from institutions of higher education in which not less than 50 percent of the institution’s entering first-year students who are subject to mandatory assessment are assessed as needing developmental courses to bring reading, writing, or mathematics skills up to college level; and
(e) Required activity
An institution of higher education that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant funds to create workforce bridge programs to customize developmental education curricula, including English language instruction, to reflect the content of for-credit occupational certificate or degree programs, or clusters of such programs, in which developmental education students are enrolled or plan to enroll. Such workforce bridge programs shall integrate the curricula and the instruction of the developmental and college-level coursework.
(f) Permissible activities
An institution of higher education that receives a grant under this section may use the grant funds to carry out one or more of the following activities:
(1) Designing and implementing innovative ways to improve retention in and completion of developmental education courses, including enrolling students in cohorts, accelerating course content, dually enrolling students in developmental and college-level courses, tutoring, providing counseling and other supportive services, and giving small, material incentives for attendance and performance.
(2) In consultation with faculty in the appropriate departments, reconfiguring courses offered on-site during standard academic terms for modular, compressed, or other alternative schedules, or for distance-learning formats, to meet the needs of working adults.
(3) Developing counseling strategies that address the needs of students in remedial education courses, and including counseling students on career options and the range of programs available, such as certificate programs that are articulated to degree programs and programs designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions of higher education.
(4) Improving the quality of teaching in remedial courses through professional development, reclassification of such teaching positions, or other means the institution of higher education determines appropriate.
(g) Grant period
Grants made under this section shall be for a period of not less than three years and not more than five years.
(h) Technical assistance
The Secretary shall provide technical assistance to recipients of, and applicants for, grants under this section.
(i) Report and summary
Each institution of higher education that receives a grant under this section shall report to the Secretary on the effectiveness of the program in enabling students to move rapidly from developmental coursework into for-credit occupational courses and through program completion. The Secretary shall summarize the reports, identify best practices, and disseminate the information from such summary and identification to the public.
Source(Pub. L. 89–329, title VIII, § 851, as added Pub. L. 110–315, title VIII, § 801,Aug. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 3421; amended Pub. L. 111–39, title VIII, § 801(13),July 1, 2009, 123 Stat. 1956.)
2009—Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 111–39inserted “to be appropriated” after “authorized”.
Effective Date of 2009 Amendment