(June 5) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bipartisan career development bill today sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, which extends a successful program to prepare students for good jobs through training programs, apprenticeships and internships.

“Smartly investing in career development programs will grow our economy and help train Colorado students for the jobs of the future,” Rep. Esgar said. “Every hardworking student – no matter where they come from – deserves every opportunity to get ahead and land a good-paying job.”

HB18-1266 expands a successful pilot program through 2024, providing incentives to school districts to offer industry certification programs tied to in-demand jobs, workplace-training programs paired to industry requirements, and Computer Science Advanced Placement courses. The goal of the program is to produce more Coloradans qualified in a wide variety of middle-skill positions such as auto repair specialists and emergency medical technicians.

This new law also requires participating school districts and charter schools to provide notice of the program to all high school students to increase participation in the industry certificate programs, and adds guardrails to ensure that school districts across the state have the opportunity to provide these opportunities to their students.

With the Governor’s signature, the bill will go into effect on August 8.

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