Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Colorado

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To grow the skilled workforce needed for Colorado’s economic development we urge state policymakers to adopt the following recommendations to drive improvements in training adults for the middle-skill jobs that will build our economy.

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2017 Legislative Session 
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SB17-118 Information on Private Occupational Schools This bill would ensure that prospective students of private occupational schools in Colorado have access to information such as program completion and transfer rates, employment and salary prospects and average student debt amounts for students who receive federal financial aid. The bill would also require the creation of a free comparative tool for students to use when researching various private occupational schools to attend.

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The 2016 session was an exciting one. Read up on the issues we tackled at the Capitol during the 2016 legislative session.

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Progress was also made in 2015. The following bills from the 2015 General Assembly focused on some aspect of skills training for Colorado workers.

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Enacted 2014

HB-1085: House Bill 14-1085 creates a grant program for adult education providers who partner with postsecondary education and workforce programs. The purpose of the partnerships is to create a path for students from basic education through a high school credential and skills training into employment and ultimately self-sufficiency.

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Enacted 2013

House Bill 13-1001: House Bill 13-1001 reallocates money in the economic development commission. It supports a cash fund for granting in the advanced industries and the majority of the funding will be allocated to the training of a workforce for the targeted industries of aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering and information technology. This legislation provides opportunities for low-wage, displaced workers who need retraining for the future economy while creating a pathway for potential upward mobility.

House Bill 13-1004: House Bill 13-1004  proposes a $2 million career pathways program housed in the department of human services. The program provides grants to eligible entities to enable low income individuals to acquire skills necessary to obtain or improve their employability. The bill establishes a career pathways fund to support underserved Coloradans seeking work.

House Bill 13-1005: House Bill 13-1005 is an accelerated education and training effort patterned after Washington’s IBEST (integrated basic education and skills training) program. If passed, the bill will implement a similar pilot program to fast-track education and training programs to match Colorado’s workers with the jobs that are in demand.  The bill combines basic education with skills training classes, and speeds up the process of obtaining industry recognized credentials in high demand industries.

House Bill 13-1165: House Bill 13- 1165 requires the state board for community colleges and occupational education, in conjunction with the department of labor and employment, the state work force development council, the department of higher education, and the department of education, to design a manufacturing career pathway for the skills needed for employment in Colorado’s manufacturing sector. The manufacturing career pathway will connect school districts, community colleges, and 4-year institutions of higher education with adult education programs and local workforce development programs and allow a student to earn income while progressing along the career pathway.

Enacted 2012

House Bill 12-1061: Known as the Skills For Jobs Act, this legislation requires state agencies to produce an annual report regarding state workforce need projections and degree and certificate production. The report will indicate the workforce needs that are not being met, and it will identify public and private colleges that can meet projected workforce needs.

House Bill 12-1072: Requires public institutions to develop a policy to award college credit for a student’s prior learning through work experience, military service, community service, or independent study.

House Bill 12-1155: Permits postsecondary institutions to use a variety of criteria for course placement, including grade point average and class rank.  In addition, this legislation allows remedial-level students to take college credit-bearing courses while receiving targeted academic support.

House Bill 12-1272: Provided enhanced unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed people participating in approved training and retraining programs.

Senate Bill 12-045: Creates reverse transfer agreements by developing a system in which students could combine credits earned at community colleges with those earned at four-year institutions to receive associate degrees.

Senate Bill 12-047: Provides funding for public high schools to administer the basic skills placement test used by community colleges to students once during high school. The scores of the tests can be used to provide intervention to students in need of extra supports to reach college readiness and avoid remediation.


Failed 2012

House Bill 12-1227: Created an integrated post-secondary education program that combined adult basic education with industry skills training (IBEST type program).

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Chaer Robert
Skills2Compete-Colorado Coordinator
303-573-5669 ext. 307