§ 28-5.1-8. Education, training, and apprenticeship programs.
(a) All educational programs and activities of state agencies, or in which state agencies participate, shall be open to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, or disability. The programs shall be conducted to encourage the fullest development of the interests, aptitudes, skills, and capacities of all participants.
(b) Those state agencies responsible for educational programs and activities shall take positive steps to insure that all programs are free from either conscious or inadvertent bias, and shall make quarterly reports to the state equal opportunity office with regard to the number of persons being served and to the extent to which the goals of the chapter are being met by the programs.
(c) Expansion of training opportunities shall also be encouraged with a view toward involving larger numbers of participants from those segments of the labor force where the need for upgrading levels of skill is greatest.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 149, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 32, § 8; P.L. 1997, ch. 150, § 5; P.L. 2001, ch. 340, § 7; P.L. 2004, ch. 6, § 44.)