April 22, 2022

BILL TO INVEST IN STUDENT AND WORKFORCE PREPAREDNESS ADVANCES HOUSE

Legislation would distribute nearly $91 million in federal pandemic relief funds to align postsecondary credential programs with today’s jobs


DENVER, CO – The House passed a bill today on a preliminary vote to prepare Colorado students for success. This bill invests nearly $91 million of federal pandemic relief funds to build innovative workforce talent pipelines.

“Together, we are investing $91 million in federal funds to build innovative career pathways into high demand industries with good paying jobs,” said Rep. Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon. “Through the help of local partners, labor organizations and industry leaders, postsecondary institutions can expand and develop programs to create workforce talent pipelines in every corner of the state.”

HB22-1350, sponsored by Representatives Julie McCluskie and Janice Rich, would establish a grant program with $91 million in federal funds to foster regional talent development initiatives to fill good jobs in growing industries. The competitive grant program will leverage local, federal and private dollars to better align postsecondary credential programs to today’s jobs.

The program will take a regional approach to build and scale successful partnerships between employers and postsecondary institutions. These partnerships will build new pathways into high-skilled and high-demand industries, especially in industries with staffing shortages.