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105 STAT. 342 PUBLIC LAW 102-73—JULY 25, 1991 fnXsf"'"'* TITLE II—WORKFORCE LITERACY 20 USC 1211-1. SEC. 201. NATIONAL WORKFORCE LITERACY ASSISTANCE COLLABO- RATIVE. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.— There is established in the Department of Labor a National Workforce Literacy Assistance Collaborative (in this subsection referred to as the "Collaborative") to improve the basic skills of individuals, especially those individuals who are marginally employed or unemployed with low basic skills and limited opportunity for long-term employment and advancement, by assisting small- and medium-sized businesses, business associations that represent small- and medium-sized businesses, and labor organizations to develop and implement literacy programs tailored to the needs of the workforce. (b) FUNCTIONS.— The Collaborative shall— (1) develop and implement a plan for providing small- and medium-sized businesses with the technical assistance required to address the literacy needs of their workforce; (2) monitor the development of workforce literacy training programs and identify best practices and successful small- and medium-sized business program models; (3) inform businesses and unions of research findings and best practices regarding exemplary curricula, instructional techniques, training models, and the use of technology as a training tool in the workplace; (4) provide technical assistance to help businesses assess individual worker literacy skill needs, implement workforce literacy training programs, and evaluate training program effectiveness; (5) promote cooperation and coordination among State and local agencies and the private sector to obtain maximum uses of existing literacy and basic skills training resources; (6) conduct regional and State small business workforce literacy meetings to increase program effectiveness and accountability; (7) establish cooperative arrangements with the National Institute for Literacy and other centers involved in literacy and basic skills research and development activities; and (8) prepare and produce written and video materials necessary to support technical assistance and information dissemination efforts. (c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—T here are authorized to be appropriated for purposes of carrying out this section $5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. SEC. 202. GRANTS FOR NATIONAL WORKFORCE LITERACY STRATEGIES. Section 371 of the Adult Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1211) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting after "Secretary" the following: ", in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration,"; (B) in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2)— (i) by striking "and" and inserting a comma; and