Comprehensive Employment and Training Act

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This article is about Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). For Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), see Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA, Pub.L. 93–203) was a United States federal law enacted by the Congress, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon December 28, 1973[1] to train workers and provide them with jobs in the public service. The bill was introduced as S. 1559, the Job Training and Community Services Act,[2] by Senator Gaylord Nelson (Democrat of Wisconsin) and co-sponsored by Senator Jacob Javits (Republican of New York).

The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full-time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. It was an extension of the Works Progress Administration program from the 1930s. The Act was intended to decentralize control of federally controlled job training programs, giving more power to the individual state governments. Nine years later, it was replaced by the Job Training Partnership Act.

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  1. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T., Statement on Signing the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973, December 28, 1973, The American Presidency Project, retrieved 2012-08-30 
  2. ^ "Bill Summary & Status, 93rd Congress (1973-1974), S.1559". THOMAS. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2012-08-30.