Code of the District of Columbia

§ 32–246. DC Infrastructure Academy.

(a) In addition to duties the Mayor prescribes, the DCIA shall:

(1) Provide occupational skills training ("skills training") annually in industries for which there is significant demand regionally or by a major employer, including construction, infrastructure, and information technology;

(2) Provide occupational skills training designed to meet the needs of employers by:

(A) Aligning skills training, where appropriate, with the annual recommendations the committees submit to the DCIA pursuant to § 32-247(c);

(B)(i) Submitting a proposed curriculum, at least 30 calendar days prior to the start of any skills training taught by DCIA staff, to the relevant committee for its feedback; and

(ii) Taking into consideration any feedback from a committee when implementing any skills trainings taught by DCIA staff;

(C)(i) Submitting to the relevant committee, at least 30 calendar days before soliciting applications or bids on a grant or contract to provide skills training, a request that the committee review a grant or contract solicitation's proposed scope of work; and

(ii) Considering any feedback received from a committee when preparing statements of work for grants and contracts to provide skills training; and

(D) For any customized skills training provided specifically for a particular employer, seeking input from the employer consistent with the requirements outlined in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of this paragraph;

(3) Provide test preparation sessions and practice exams to ready participants to obtain the occupational credentials the committees identify in their annual reports pursuant to § 32-247(c)(4) [§ 32-247(b)]; and

(4) Provide job referrals, as defined in 20 C.F.R. § 651.10, to employers in the industry sectors in which training is offered pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection for all qualified graduates of DCIA training programs.

(b) DCIA skills training may include:

(1) Training services enumerated in section 134(c)(3)(D) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, approved July 22, 2014 (128 Stat. 1529; 29 U.S.C. § 3174(c)(3)(D));

(2) Supportive services, as defined in 20 C.F.R. § 651.10;

(3) Integrated education and training, as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 463.35;

(4) Workforce preparation activities, as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 463.34; and

(5) Job development, as defined in 20 C.F.R. § 651.10.

(c)(1) At least 66% of the participants receiving skills training through the DCIA each fiscal year shall be trained in occupations that pay an average wage that is at least 150% of the minimum wage specified in § 32-1003.

(2) At least 25% of the value of each grant or contract with a skills training provider shall be contingent on the provider achieving at least one of the following results:

(A) At least 75% of the provider's participants receive an industry-recognized credential; and

(B) At least 80% of the provider's participants enter permanent, unsubsidized employment in the occupation of training.