(May 28) – Two more key components of the House Democrats’ package of bills to boost the state’s economy and connect Coloradans to good jobs were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today.

HB13-1004, sponsored by Reps. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) and Jovan Melton (D-Aurora), creates a “career pathways program” in the Department of Labor to provide grants for individuals to obtain skills needed for employment and expands the use of unemployment insurance benefits for training programs.

“I want to give unemployed and underemployed Coloradans as many pathways to good jobs as possible,” Rep. Duran said. “This new law increases their options.”

HB13-1005, sponsored by Reps. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and John Buckner (D-Aurora), launches a pilot program to get adult Coloradans key skills to find employment. It combines basic education like literacy and math with skills training classes, and speeds the process by which out-of-work Coloradans can obtain certificates in specific fields. The idea is to train more Coloradans for the jobs that are in demand.
“Many Colorado businesses have jobs that are going unfilled, or are hiring out-of-state workers, because they can’t find qualified employees in Colorado,” Rep. Fields said. “House Bill 1005 will connect more Colorado workers to the jobs that are available today.”

Today’s signings add to the 2013 list of House Democrats’ bills to help Colorado businesses thrive, and hire. Already added to the books this year are two bills to spur Colorado’s high-tech industries; two bills to boost state programs geared to helping small and medium-sized Colorado businesses; a bill to increase the share of taxpayer dollars that will stay in Colorado by hiring local businesses and local workers; and a bill to expand aircraft manufacturing.

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