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erwise indicated in the regulations in this section, shall—
(1) Meet with the State board or its representatives to advise on the development of the subsequent State plan, or any amendments to the current State plan, while the State plan or amendment is being developed;
(2) Advise the State board and make reports to the Governor, the business community, and general public of the State concerning—
(i) Policies the State should pursue to strengthen vocational education, with particular attention to programs for the handicapped; and
(ii) Initiatives and methods the private sector could undertake to assist in the modernization of vocational education programs;
(3) Analyze and report on the distribution of all vocational education funds in the State and on the availability of vocational education activities and services within the State;
(4) Consult with the State board on the establishment of evaluation criteria for vocational education programs within the State;
(5) Submit recommendations to the State board on the conduct of vocational education programs conducted in the State which emphasize the use of business concerns and labor organizations;
(6) Assess and report on the distribution of financial assistance under the Act, particularly the distribution of financial assistance between secondary vocational education programs and postsecondary vocational education
(7) Recommend procedures to the State board to ensure and enhance the participation of the public in the provision of vocational education at the local level within the State, particularly the participation of local employers and local labor organizations;
(8) Report to the State board on the extent to which the individuals described in § 401.51 are provided with equal access to quality vocational education programs; and
achieving their respective purposes; and
(B) Make recommendations to the State board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the coordination that takes place between vocational education and the JTPA; and
(9)(i) At least once every two years(A) Evaluate the vocational education program delivery systems assisted under the Act and the JTPA in terms of their adequacy and effectiveness in
§ 401.18 How is the State plan developed? (a) In formulating the State plan, and any amendments to the State plan, the State board shall meet with and utilize the State council on vocational education established under § 401.14.
(b) After providing appropriate and sufficient notice to the public, the State board shall conduct at least two public hearings in the State for the purpose of affording all segments of the public and interested organizations and groups an opportunity to present their views and make recommendations regarding the State plan.
(c) In developing the State plan, the State board shall
(1) Assess the current and projected occupational needs and the current and projected demand for general occupational skills within the State;
(2) Examine the needs of students, including adults, in order to determine how best to improve student skill levels in light of the State's occupational and skill requirements;
(3) Assess the special needs of groups of individuals described § 401.51 for access to vocational education and vocational services in terms of labor market needs;
(4) Assess the quality of vocational education in terms of
(i) The pertinence of programs to the workplace and to new and emerging technologies;
(ii) The responsiveness of programs to the current and projected occupational needs in the State;
(iii) The capacity of programs to facilitate entry into, and participation
in, vocational eduction, and to ease the school-to-work and secondary-to-postsecondary transitions;
(iv) The technological and educational quality of vocational curricula, equipment, and instructional materials to enable vocational students and instructors to meet the challenges of increased technological demands of the workplace; and
(v) The capacity of vocational education programs to meet the needs for general occupational skills and the improvement of academic foundations in order to address the changing content of jobs;
(5) Determine the capacity of local educational agencies, with respect to secondary education, and postsecondary educational institutions, to deliver the vocational education services necessary to meet the needs identified through the assessments required by paragraphs (c) (1) through (4) of this section; and
(6) Determine, for each program year, how the services and activities supported under the Act may be expected to assist the State in meeting the needs identified through the assessments required by paragraphs (c) (1) through (4) of this section.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 18300029),
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(1)(B); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(1)(B))
(3) That, to the extent consistent with the number and location of handicapped and disadvantaged individuals who are enrolled in private elementary and secondary schools in the State, the State will provide for the participation of these individuals in the Vocational Education Opportunities Program.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(1)(C); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(1)(C))
(4) That the State will distribute at least eighty percent of its total basic State grant allotment to eligible recipients or combinations of eligible recipients. Funds distributed to Stateoperated schools or institutions are counted as if they were distributed to eligible recipients.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(4); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(4); House Report No. 98-1129, 98th Cong. 2d Sess. p. 96 (1984))
(5) That the State will distribute all of the State basic grant funds reserved for handicapped and disadvantaged individuals under § 401.92 (a) and (b) to eligible recipients or combinations of eligible recipients, in accordance with §§ 401.95 and 401.96.
(6) That in using funds allotted for single parents, homemakers, or single pregnant women under § 401.92(d)—
(i) The State will emphasize assisting individuals with the greatest financial need; and
(ii) That in serving homemakers, the State will give special consideration to homemakers who, because of divorce, separation, or the death or disability of a spouse, must prepare for paid employment.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(7), 2331)
(7) That the State will provide relevant training and vocational education activities to men and women who desire to enter occupations that are not traditionally associated with their sex.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(8); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(8))
(8) That the State will develop measures for evaluating the effectiveness of programs assisted under the Act in meeting the needs identified in the State plan, including measurements of such factors as
(i) The occupations to be trained for, which must reflect a realistic assessment of the labor market needs of the State;
(ii) The levels of skills, to be achieved in particular occupations, which must reflect the hiring needs of employers; and
(iii) The basic employment competencies to be used in performance outcomes, which must reflect the hiring needs of employers.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(9)(A); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(9)(A))
(9) That the State will establish appropriate measures for evaluating the effectiveness of programs for the handicapped under the Act, as a component of the measures developed under paragraph (a)(8) of this section. (Authority: Sec. 113(b)(9)(B); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(9)(B))
(10) That each program year the State will evaluate all of the projects, services, and activities, supported under this part, of at least twenty percent of the participating eligible recipients, so that by the end of a five year period every local program which has received Federal funds will have been evaluated.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(9)(C); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(9)(C); House Report No. 98-1129, 98th Cong. 2d Sess. p. 97 (1984))
(11) That the State will fund programs of personnel development and curriculum development that further the goals identified in the State plan. (Authority: Sec. 113(b)(11); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(11))
(12) That the vocational education needs of those identifiable segments of the population in the State that have the highest rates of unemployment have been thoroughly assessed, and that those needs are reflected in, and addressed by, the State plan.
(Authority: Sec. 113(b)(12); 20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(12))
(18) That the State, in using basic State grant funds reserved for vocational education services and activities for handicapped individuals and disadvantaged individuals under § 401.92, will
(i) Provide equal access to those individuals
(A) In recruitment, enrollment, and placement activities; and
(B) To the full range of vocational programs available to nonhandicapped and nondisadvantaged individuals, including occupationally specific courses of study, cooperative education, and apprenticeship programs; and
(ii) Provide vocational education programs and activities for handicapped individuals
(A) In the least restrictive environment in accordance with section 612(5)(B) of the Education of the Handicapped Act;
(B) Which are included, whenever appropriate, as a component of the individualized education program required under section 612(4) and section 614(a)(5) of that Act; and
(C) Which are planned through the coordination of appropriate representatives of vocational education and special education.
(Authority: Sec. 204(a); 20 U.S.C. 2334(a))
(19) That programs under the Adult Training, Retraining and Employment Development Program authorized by Title III, Part C of the Act
(i) Are designed with the active participation of the State council established under § 401.14;
(ii) Make maximum effective use of existing institutions, are planned to avoid duplication of programs or institutional capabilities, and, to the fullest extent practicable, are designed to strengthen institutional capacity to meet the education and training needs addressed by the Adult Training, Retraining, and Employment Development Program;
(iii) Involve close cooperation with and participation by public and private sector employers and public and private agencies working with problems of employment and training and economic development; and
(iv) Involve coordination with programs under the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 and the Education of the Handicapped Act, where appropriate.
(Authority: Sec. 322(b)(2); 20 U.S.C. 2372(b)(2))
(20) That funds received under the Industry-Education Partnership for Training in High-Technology Occupations Program authorized by Title III, Part E of the Act
(i) Will be used solely for vocational education programs designed to train skilled workers and technicians in high-technology occupations, including programs providing related instruction to apprentices, and projects to train skilled workers needed to produce, install, operate, and maintain high technology equipment, systems, and processes; and
(ii) Will be used, to the maximum extent practicable, in coordination with the JTPA to avoid duplication of effort, and to ensure maximum effective utilization of funds under the Act and the JTPA.
(Authority: Sec. 342(b) (1), (2); 20 U.S.C. 2392(b) (1), (2))
(21) That not less than fifty percent of the aggregate costs of projects assisted under the Industry-Education Partnership for Training in HighTechnology Occupations Programs authorized by Title III, Part E of the Act will be provided from non-Federal sources, except as provided in § 401.80(a)(3), and that not less than fifty percent of the non-Federal share of the aggregate costs in the State will be provided by participating business and industrial firms.
(Authority: Sec. 342(b)(3); 20 U.S.C. 2392(b)(3))
(22) That projects assisted under the Industry-Education Partnership for Training in High-Technology Occupations Program authorized by Title III, Part E of the Act will be
(ii) Developed with the active participation of the State council established under § 401.14.
(i) Coordinated with similar programs assisted under the basic State grant program and, to the maximum extent practicable (consistent with the purposes of programs assisted under the basic State grant program), supportive services will be organized to serve both programs; and
(4) The criteria the State board will use in approving applications of eligible recipients and allocating funds under the State Vocational Education Program to eligible recipients. These criteria must ensure that the State allocates more funds under the State Vocational Education Program to eligible recipients in units of local government that are in economically depressed areas (including both urban and rural units) or which have high unemployment, as determined by the State, than it allocates to eligible recipients that are not in economically depressed areas or areas which have high unemployment.