42 U.S. Code § 12655f - Training and education services
(a) Assessment of skills
Each program agency shall assess the educational level of participants at the time of their entrance into the program, using any available records or simplified assessment means or methodology and shall, where appropriate, refer such participants for testing for specific learning disabilities.
(b) Enhancement of skills
Each program agency shall, through the programs and activities administered under this division, enhance the educational skills of participants.
(c) Provision of pre-service and in-service training and education
Each program agency shall use not less than 10 percent of the assistance made available to such agency under this division in each fiscal year to provide pre-service and in-service training and educational materials and services for participants in such a program. Program participants shall be provided with information concerning the benefits to the community that result from the activities undertaken by such participants.
(2) Agreements for academic study
A program agency may enter into arrangements with academic institutions or education providers, including—
to evaluate the basic skills of participants and to make academic study available to participants to enable such participants to upgrade literacy skills, to obtain high school diplomas or the equivalent of such diplomas, to obtain college degrees, or to enhance employable skills.
Career and educational guidance and counseling shall be provided to a participant during a period of in-service training as described in this subsection. Each graduating participant shall be provided with counseling with respect to additional study, job skills training or employment and shall be provided job placement assistance where appropriate.
(d) Standards and procedures
(1) Consistency with State and local requirements
Appropriate State and local officials shall certify that standards and procedures with respect to the awarding of academic credit and the certification of educational attainment in programs conducted under subsection (c) of this section are consistent with the requirements of applicable State and local law and regulations.
(2) Academic standards
The standards and procedures described in paragraph (1) shall provide that an individual serving in a program that receives assistance under this division—
(A) who is not a high school graduate, participate in an educational curriculum so that such individual can earn a high school diploma or the equivalent of such diploma; and