April 18, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Colorado House of Representatives passed House Bill 1289, which would establish incentives for high schools to offer career and technical education opportunities to students in high-demand fields. Schools would be rewarded for each student who earns an industry-recognized credential. If funds allow, schools would also be rewarded if a student successfully completes an internship, residency, construction pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship program or earns a qualifying score on an AP Computer Science exam. HB 1289 is sponsored by House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, Representative Daneya Esgar, Senator Leroy Garcia and Senator Larry Crowder.
“Today’s high-tech, high-wage careers need a skilled workforce to move the economy and country forward. Colorado is becoming a leader in modernizing education and creating programs and policies to prepare today’s students for these careers. We thank Majority Leader Duran, Representative Esgar, Senator Garcia and Senator Crowder for their leadership in advancing this innovative legislation that will create a more robust and prepared workforce for Colorado,” said ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director J. Alex Kelly.
The bill will next be considered by the Senate.
- The bill establishes a $1 million annual appropriation that begins in fiscal year 2017-2018.
- The pilot will operate for 2 years and will be evaluated upon the conclusion for continuance.
- The participating school district or charter school will receive $1,000 per student in the program.
- Funding provided to schools is tiered and tied to performance.
- The first funding tier will be students who earn industry certifications in high-demand fields.
- The second funding tier, if there is remaining funding, will be for students who complete a qualified internship, residency, or construction pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship program tied to high-demand fields.
- The third and final tier, if there is funding remaining, will be for students who earn a qualifying score on AP computer science.
- The Department of Education will be required to submit an annual report on program participation and performance.
- The Workforce Development Council in collaboration with education and workforce agencies will determine qualifying industry certifications, internships, residency programs, and construction apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs based on job market demand.