April 2, 2012

(Denver) –A key component of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs agenda was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today.

The Skills for Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Englewood), bridges an information gap by directing the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Labor to develop workforce projections, using data already being collected. Colleges and vocational schools can use the reports to adjust their course offerings, students can use them to make better career choices and course-selection decisions, and businesses can use them to make smarter personnel decisions.

Rep. Kagan said he was happy to have Gov. Hickenlooper sign this crucial bill.

“I am very pleased to have this bill signed that will ensure we have an education system more in tune with the marketplace and a workforce better trained for the jobs that are in demand,” Rep. Kagan said. “This bill will connect Coloradans with training and education for jobs in need, and that’s something that is crucial in continuing to grow Colorado’s economy.”

Rep. Kagan’s bill is a centerpiece of House Democrats’ package of practical, workable ideas to fire up the state’s economy.

The Skills for Jobs Act, HB12-1061, was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton).

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