(a) By September 1, 2021, the WIC shall establish a healthcare training program ("program") to fund or arrange for training of District residents in a minimum of 2 healthcare occupations identified in the Partnership's first Healthcare Occupations Report, issued pursuant to § 32-1684(e), which may include one occupation for upskilling of incumbent workers.
(b) To provide training, the WIC may:
(1) Issue healthcare training grants ("grants") to train providers, pursuant to § 32-1603(c); or
(2) Partner with the University of the District of Columbia Community College or Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
(c)(1) If the program includes a grant, subject to availability of funds, each grant shall be for not less than $100,000 per year for 3 years to provide training for District residents.
(2) To be eligible for a grant, a grantee shall:
(A) Be licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission as a post-secondary institution, degree or non-degree seeking;
(B) Agree to utilize the training curricula recommended by the Partnership pursuant to § 32-1684(e)(5); and
(C) Demonstrate consistent successful attainment of the following benchmarks for its training participants:
(i) Completion of training;
(ii) Credential attainment;
(iii) Unsubsidized employment in the occupation of training; and
(iv) Retention of employment for 6 months or longer in the occupation of training.
(3) Preference shall be given to grant applicants utilizing an integrated education and training model, as defined 34 C.F.R. § 463.35.
(d)(1) The WIC shall utilize WIOA common performance measures to track program performance.
(2) The WIC shall report on the performance of the program as required by § 32-1622.
(e) The WIC shall make its best effort to use WIOA Title I funds to issue any grants authorized in this section.