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Title Work Force Dev Council Online Career Platform
Status Governor Signed (06/26/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Appropriations
Date Introduced 05/26/2020
Description

Joint Budget Committee. The state work force development
council (state council), in collaboration with the department of higher
education, the department of labor and employment, and the department
of human services (state agencies), is required to implement and maintain
a free online platform (platform) to provide Coloradans with personalized

information to assist them in making career and education planning
decisions; except that this requirement is subject to available
appropriations or money from other sources. The state council and the
state agencies may conduct outreach and training for the individuals who
provide career counseling and for the public to promote awareness of the
platform.
For the purposes of implementing and maintaining the platform,
the state council may receive money from other state agencies, the general
assembly may appropriate money to the state council, and the state
council may solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations. The
state council may transfer any money appropriated by the general
assembly for the purposes of the platform to the department of higher
education to implement and maintain the platform, to disseminate
information regarding the platform, and to provide training about the
platform.
The governor's office of information technology (office) is
required to ensure that the platform complies with state and federal
information technology security and privacy requirements and standards.
To ensure such compliance, the office is required to ensure that the
contract for the platform includes a requirement that the vendor conduct
an external security assessment that complies with the office's
requirements and standards and that the assessment and remediation plan
be shared with the office. In addition, the state auditor may, in his or her
discretion, conduct an audit or assessment of the online platform and of
the administration and maintenance of the platform.
The authority to implement and maintain the platform is repealed,
effective June 30, 2025. Before the repeal, the joint technology committee
is required to assess the impact, effectiveness, and compliance with state
and federal information technology requirements and standards of the
platform and to make a recommendation to the general assembly
regarding whether to continue the platform.
The bill specifies that the department of higher education shall
provide certain notice that it is already required by law to provide to
certain students and parents of students in Colorado, through the
platform. In addition, the bill repeals requirements that each board of
education and the state charter school institute ensure that students in the
sixth grade are registered with a previously used online platform, known
as College in Colorado.
The bill repeals the talent pipeline cash fund and authorizes the
general assembly to appropriate money from the general fund to the state
council for the purposes of the state council. The bill also specifies that
state council requirements related to career pathways are subject to
available appropriation or money from other sources.
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