On or after the date that is 180 days after December 20, 2019, the Secretary may establish a program, to be known as the “Department of Energy National Lab Jobs ACCESS Program”, under which the Secretary may award, on a competitive basis, 5-year grants to eligible entities described in subsection (c) for the Federal share of the costs of pre-apprenticeship programs and apprenticeship programs described in subsection (b).
In making grants under this section, the Secretary may consider regional diversity.
An eligible entity described in subsection (c) may not submit, either individually or as part of a joint application, more than one application for a grant under this section during any one fiscal year.
The amount of a grant provided under this section may not, for any 24-month period of the 5-year grant period, exceed $500,000.
The non-Federal share of the cost of a pre-apprenticeship program or apprenticeship program carried out using a grant under this section shall be not less than 25 percent of the total cost of the program.
The Secretary may provide technical assistance to eligible entities described in subsection (c) to leverage the existing job training and education programs of the Department of Labor and other relevant programs at appropriate Federal agencies.
Not later than one year after the establishment of a pre-apprenticeship program or apprenticeship program using a grant awarded under this section, and annually thereafter, the entity carrying out the program shall submit to the Secretary and the Secretary of Labor a report on the effectiveness of the program based on the accountability measures described in clauses (i) and (ii) of section 3141(b)(2)(A) of title 29.
The terms “local educational agency” and “secondary school” have the meanings given the terms in section 7801 of title 20.
The terms “career planning”, “community-based organization”, “customized training”, “economic development agency”, “individual with a barrier to employment”, “industry or sector partnership”, “on-the-job training”, “recognized postsecondary credential”, and “workplace learning advisor” have the meanings given such terms in section 3102 of title 29.
The term “apprenticeship program” means a program registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the “National Apprenticeship Act”; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.).
The term “area career and technical education school” has the meaning given the term in section 2302 of title 20.
The term “community college” has the meaning given the term “junior or community college” in section 1058(f) of title 20.
The term “covered facility of the National Nuclear Security Administration” means a national security laboratory or a nuclear weapons production facility as such terms are defined in section 2501 of title 50.
The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given the term in section 1001 of title 20.
The term “local workforce development board” has the meaning given the term “local board” in section 3102 of title 29.
The term “National Laboratory” has the meaning given the term in section 15801 of this title.
The term “nonprofit organization” means an organization that is described in section 501(c) of title 26 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such title.
The term “provider of adult education” has the meaning given the term “eligible provider” in section 3272 of title 29.
The term “related instruction” means an organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide an individual in a pre-apprenticeship program or apprenticeship program with the knowledge of the technical subjects related to the intended occupation of the individual after completion of the program.
The term “sponsor” means any person, association, committee, or organization operating a pre-apprenticeship program or apprenticeship program and in whose name the program is (or is to be) registered or approved.
The term “State apprenticeship agency” has the meaning given that term in section 29.2 of title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (or any corresponding similar regulation or ruling).
The term “State workforce development board” has the meaning given the term “State board” in section 3102 of title 29.