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Gateway to Careers Act of 2020

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02/05/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5759 

To establish a career pathway grant program. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 
Ms. ADAMS (for herself, Mr. DELGADO, and Ms. OMAR) introduced the 

following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor 

A BILL 
To establish a career pathway grant program. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Gateway to Careers 4

Act of 2020’’. 5

SEC. 2. CAREER PATHWAYS GRANT PROGRAM. 6

Title VIII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 7

U.S.C. 1161a et seq.) is amended by adding at the end 8

the following: 9

‘‘PART BB—CAREER PATHWAY GRANT PROGRAM 10

‘‘SEC. 899. CAREER PATHWAY GRANT PROGRAM. 11

‘‘(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: 12

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‘‘(1) WIOA DEFINITIONS.—The terms ‘area ca-1

reer and technical education school’, ‘career path-2

way’, ‘in-demand industry sector or occupation’, ‘in-3

dividual with a barrier to employment’, ‘industry or 4

sector partnership’, ‘integrated education and train-5

ing’, ‘local board’, ‘recognized postsecondary creden-6

tial’, and ‘State board’ have the meanings given such 7

terms in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and 8

Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102). 9

‘‘(2) CAREER PATHWAY PARTNERSHIP.— 10

‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘career 11

pathway partnership’ means a partnership— 12

‘‘(i) between an eligible institution, a 13

workforce development partner described 14

in subparagraph (B), and an education 15

partner described in subparagraph (C); 16

‘‘(ii) evidenced by a formal agreement 17

between partners; and 18

‘‘(iii) that is intended to support the 19

development and implementation of a ca-20

reer pathway program. 21

‘‘(B) WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PART-22

NER.—A workforce development partner de-23

scribed in subparagraph (A) means one or more 24

of the following: 25

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‘‘(i) A local board or a State board. 1

‘‘(ii) An industry association or other 2

representative of multiple employers in the 3

target industry, including an industry or 4

sector partnership. 5

‘‘(iii) A community-based organization 6

with experience in providing employment, 7

education, or support services relevant to 8

the career pathway and student popu-9

lations receiving services under the grant 10

under this section. 11

‘‘(C) EDUCATION PARTNER.—An education 12

partner described in subparagraph (A) means 13

one or more of the following: 14

‘‘(i) A local educational agency, as de-15

fined under section 8101 of the Elemen-16

tary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 17

(20 U.S.C. 7801). 18

‘‘(ii) An eligible provider, as defined 19

under section 203 of the Workforce Inno-20

vation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 21

3272). 22

‘‘(iii) An institution of higher edu-23

cation, as defined in section 101, or a post-24

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secondary vocational institution, as defined 1

in section 102(c). 2

‘‘(3) ELIGIBLE INSTITUTION.—The term ‘eligi-3

ble institution’ means— 4

‘‘(A) a public institution of higher edu-5

cation at which the highest degree that is pre-6

dominantly awarded to students is an associ-7

ate’s degree, including 2-year Tribal Colleges or 8

Universities under section 316 of the Higher 9

Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1059c) and 10

public 2-year State institutions of higher edu-11

cation; 12

‘‘(B) an area career and technical edu-13

cation school that provides education at the 14

postsecondary level; or 15

‘‘(C) a consortium of institutions described 16

in subparagraph (A) or (B). 17

‘‘(4) EVIDENCE-BASED.—The term ‘evidence- 18

based’ means an activity, strategy, or intervention 19

that— 20

‘‘(A) demonstrates a statistically signifi-21

cant effect on improving student outcomes or 22

other relevant outcomes based on— 23

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‘‘(i) strong evidence from not less 1

than 1 well-designed and well-implemented 2

experimental study; 3

‘‘(ii) moderate evidence from not less 4

than 1 well-designed and well-implemented 5

quasi-experimental study; or 6

‘‘(iii) promising evidence from not less 7

than 1 well-designed and well-implemented 8

correlational study with statistical controls 9

for selection bias; 10

‘‘(B) demonstrates a rationale based on 11

high quality research finding or positive evalua-12

tion that such activity, strategy, or intervention 13

is likely to improve student outcomes or other 14

relevant outcomes; and 15

‘‘(C) includes ongoing efforts to examine 16

the effects of such activity, strategy, or inter-17

vention. 18

‘‘(5) MEASURABLE SKILL GAINS.—The term 19

‘measurable skill gains’ has the meaning given the 20

term in section 361.155(a)(1)(v) of title 34, Code of 21

Federal Regulations (or successor regulations). 22

‘‘(6) SECRETARY.—The term ‘Secretary’ means 23

the Secretary of Education. 24

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‘‘(b) PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.—The Secretary, in 1

consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall establish 2

a career pathway grant program, through which the Sec-3

retary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligi-4

ble institutions in order to enable eligible institutions to 5

carry out the activities described in subsection (e). 6

‘‘(c) APPLICATION.—An eligible institution desiring 7

to receive a grant under this section shall submit an appli-8

cation, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary 9

may require, that includes the following information: 10

‘‘(1) A description of the career pathway part-11

nership, including the roles and responsibilities of 12

each partner. 13

‘‘(2) A description of the career pathway pro-14

gram that will be supported under the grant, includ-15

ing a description of the in-demand industry sectors 16

or occupations that will be targeted and the recog-17

nized postsecondary credentials to be awarded. 18

‘‘(3) A description of how the career pathway 19

program supported under the grant are aligned and 20

coordinated with other employment, education, and 21

support services offered in the geographic area 22

served under the grant. 23

‘‘(4) A description of the student populations 24

that will be served under the grant, including an 25

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analysis of any barriers to postsecondary access and 1

completion that such populations face, and an anal-2

ysis of how the services to be provided under the 3

grant will address those barriers. 4

‘‘(5) A description of the activities and services 5

to be provided under this grant, consistent with sub-6

section (e). 7

‘‘(6) A description of the performance outcomes 8

that the eligible institution plans to achieve, includ-9

ing a description of how the eligible institution will 10

evaluate and measure student progress and measur-11

able skill gains along a career pathway. 12

‘‘(7) Such other information as the Secretary 13

may require. 14

‘‘(d) PRIORITY IN AWARDING GRANTS.—The Sec-15

retary shall award grants under this part in a manner 16

that— 17

‘‘(1) supports geographic diversity among 18

grantees; 19

‘‘(2) gives priority to eligible institutions that 20

seek to serve individuals with a barrier to employ-21

ment or individuals with a barrier to postsecondary 22

education; and 23

‘‘(3) gives priority to eligible institutions that 24

will use grant funds for evidence-based activities. 25

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‘‘(e) USE OF FUNDS.— 1

‘‘(1) DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING CAREER 2

PATHWAY PROGRAMS.—An eligible institution receiv-3

ing a grant under this section shall use grant funds 4

to carry out activities that support the development 5

and implementation of career pathway programs, 6

which shall include one or more of the following: 7

‘‘(A) The planning and implementation of 8

agreements between the eligible institution and 9

other partners in the career pathway partner-10

ship to support seamless transitions between 11

elements of the career pathway program offered 12

by different partners, as appropriate. 13

‘‘(B) The development and expansion of 14

new or existing programs at the eligible institu-15

tion that utilize integrated education and train-16

ing strategies, and support multiple entry and 17

exit points for working learners, which may in-18

clude— 19

‘‘(i) dual-enrollment approaches for 20

secondary students or disconnected youth 21

seeking to participate in a career pathway 22

program; and 23

‘‘(ii) strategies that help working stu-24

dents and other nontraditional and adult 25

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student populations access skills and recog-1

nized postsecondary credentials. 2

‘‘(C) The provision of evidence-based pro-3

fessional development for faculty and other 4

staff at the eligible institution or at partner or-5

ganizations described under subparagraph (B) 6

or (C) of subsection (a)(2) on the development 7

and implementation of career pathways. 8

‘‘(D) The acquisition of equipment nec-9

essary to support the delivery of career pathway 10

programs supported through a grant under this 11

section. 12

‘‘(E) Any other evidence-based activities 13

identified by the eligible institution or partners 14

as necessary to support the development or im-15

plementation of career pathway programs, as 16

long as such activities are clearly outlined in 17

the grant application. 18

‘‘(2) STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES.—In addi-19

tion to the activities described in paragraph (1), an 20

eligible institution receiving a grant under this sec-21

tion shall use grant funds to provide student support 22

services to students engaged in career pathway pro-23

grams, which shall include— 24

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‘‘(A) the provision of direct support serv-1

ices such as childcare, transportation, mental 2

health and substance use disorder treatment, 3

assistance in obtaining health insurance cov-4

erage, and assistance in accessing the supple-5

mental nutrition assistance program established 6

under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 7

U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), the special supplemental 8

nutrition program for women, infants, and chil-9

dren established by section 17 of the Child Nu-10

trition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786), housing, 11

and other benefits, as appropriate; 12

‘‘(B) offering career pathway navigation 13

and case management services, including pro-14

viding information and outreach to target popu-15

lations to encourage individuals to take part in 16

programs and service offerings; and 17

‘‘(C) the provision of emergency grants to 18

help students facing financial hardships that 19

may impact enrollment or completion of an ele-20

ment of a career pathway program. 21

‘‘(f) DURATION OF AWARD.—A grant under this sec-22

tion shall be for a period of not more than 4 years. An 23

eligible institution may apply for subsequent grants after 24

the completion of a grant period. 25

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‘‘(g) REPORTS.— 1

‘‘(1) REPORT TO THE SECRETARY.—Each eligi-2

ble institution receiving a grant under this section 3

shall submit a report to the Secretary, on an annual 4

basis, describing— 5

‘‘(A) the activities provided under the 6

grant, including activities carried out directly 7

by the eligible institution and activities carried 8

out by partner organizations; 9

‘‘(B) the students receiving services under 10

the grant, disaggregated by age, race or eth-11

nicity, gender, barriers to employment, and in-12

come; and 13

‘‘(C) indicators of performance for stu-14

dents receiving services through a career path-15

way program carried out through a grant under 16

this part, disaggregated by participant type as 17

described in paragraph (2), including, at a min-18

imum— 19

‘‘(i) the percentage of program par-20

ticipants who are in unsubsidized employ-21

ment prior to enrollment in the career 22

pathway program; 23

‘‘(ii) the percentage of program par-24

ticipants who are in unsubsidized employ-25

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ment during the second quarter after exit 1

from the program; 2

‘‘(iii) the percentage of program par-3

ticipants who are in unsubsidized employ-4

ment during the fourth quarter after exit 5

from the program; 6

‘‘(iv) the median earnings of program 7

participants who are in unsubsidized em-8

ployment prior to enrollment in the career 9

pathway program; 10

‘‘(v) the median earnings of program 11

participants who are in unsubsidized em-12

ployment during the second quarter after 13

exit from the program; 14

‘‘(vi) the percentage of program par-15

ticipants who obtain a recognized postsec-16

ondary credential, or a secondary school di-17

ploma or its recognized equivalent, during 18

participation in or within 1 year after exit 19

from the program; 20

‘‘(vii) the percentage of program par-21

ticipants who, during a program year, are 22

in an education or training program that 23

leads to a recognized postsecondary cre-24

dential or employment and who are achiev-25

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ing measurable skill gains toward such a 1

credential or employment; and 2

‘‘(viii) the percentage of program par-3

ticipants receiving support services, 4

disaggregated by type of service. 5

‘‘(2) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—The Secretary 6

shall submit a report to Congress, on a biennial 7

basis, containing a summary of the information de-8

scribed in paragraph (1). 9

‘‘(h) EVALUATION.—The Secretary shall reserve not 10

less than 1 percent and not more than 3 percent of the 11

funds made available under subsection (i) for each fiscal 12

year to— 13

‘‘(1) conduct a rigorous, independent evaluation 14

of the activities funded under this section; and 15

‘‘(2) disseminate and promote the utilization of 16

evidence-based practices related to career pathway 17

programs for postsecondary students. 18

‘‘(i) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There 19

are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the activi-20

ties described in this section, such sums as may be nec-21

essary for fiscal year 2020 and for each subsequent fiscal 22

year thereafter.’’. 23

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Picture Name From Date Type
Alma Adams D-NC 02/05/2020 Sponsor
Ilhan Omar D-MN 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Antonio Delgado D-NY 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
02/05/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.Action By: House of Representatives
02/05/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Bill TEXT Points.
This Bill has been listed with the following Subjects from Texts:
Authorization
(i)Authorization of appropriationsThere are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the activities described in this section, such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020 and for each subsequent fiscal year thereafter

Colleges
(3)Eligible institutionThe term eligible institution means— (A)a public institution of higher education at which the highest degree that is predominantly awarded to students is an associate’s degree, including 2-year Tribal Colleges or Universities under section 316 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U

Congress
(2)Report to CongressThe Secretary shall submit a report to Congress, on a biennial basis, containing a summary of the information described in paragraph (1)

Evaluation
(h)EvaluationThe Secretary shall reserve not less than 1 percent and not more than 3 percent of the funds made available under subsection (i) for each fiscal year to— (1)conduct a rigorous, independent evaluation of the activities funded under this section; and (2)disseminate and promote the utilization of evidence-based practices related to career pathway programs for postsecondary students


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