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Bill Detail: SB21-119

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Title Increasing Access To High-Quality Credentials
Status Governor Signed (06/30/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/23/2021
Summary

The career development success program provides financial
incentives for participating school districts and participating charter
schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in
and successfully complete qualified industry-credential programs;
qualified internship, residency, or construction industry

pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs; and qualified advanced
placement courses (programs and courses). The bill amends the list of
qualified programs by removing residency programs and expanding
pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs to include any industry
program, not just construction industry programs.
The bill expands the definition of a qualified industry-credential
program to include a career and technical education program that, upon
completion, results in an industry-recognized credential with labor market
value aligned with a high-skill, high-wage, in-demand job.
Current law requires the work force development council (council)
to identify the programs and courses by identifying the jobs included in
the Colorado talent report with the greatest regional and state demand,
including jobs in in-demand industries. The bill requires the council to
consult with relevant industries to identify the programs and courses by
identifying high-skill, high-wage jobs in in-demand industries that have
labor market value. Any programs and courses the council determines do
not demonstrate labor market value may be removed from the council's
website.
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, and each school year
thereafter, the department of education (department), in coordination with
the department of labor and employment, the department of higher
education, the Colorado community college system, and employers from
in-demand industries, shall identify the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials that may be awarded to high school students. For each
identified credential, the department shall specify how the courses taken
to earn the credential align with the state academic standards.
The bill requires each participating school district, each
nonparticipating school district on behalf of its participating charter
schools, and the state charter school institute on behalf of each
participating institute charter school to report to the department the total
number of pupils who successfully complete a program or course,
disaggregated by the student's race, ethnicity, and gender, and whether the
student is a student with a disability, an English language learner, or
eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Current law requires each participating school district and each
participating charter school to regularly communicate to all high school
students the availability of programs and courses and the benefits a
student receives as a result of successfully completing one of the
programs or courses. The bill expands this requirement to all middle
school students and the students' families.
The bill requires each participating school district and each
participating charter school to communicate how industry-recognized
credentials and guaranteed-transfer pathways courses that are included in
such credentials are aligned with postsecondary degrees and high-skill,
high-wage, in-demand jobs, and the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials identified by the department. The communications must be
provided in a language that the students and the students' families
understand.
The bill updates the department's annual reporting requirements to
the general assembly to include:
  • Whether the students participating in the programs and
courses enlisted in the military or entered the workforce
after graduation;
  • How money received under the career development success
program was used to promote the availability of programs
and courses; and
  • How the participating school district or participating
charter school determined which programs and courses to
offer, including how the programs and courses are aligned
with local workforce needs.
No later than July 1, 2022, the department, in collaboration with
the Colorado community college system, shall publish and disseminate
materials through existing and relevant platforms used to engage with
districts that include, at a minimum, the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials and a sample communications plan for how a participating
school district or participating charter school may communicate the value
of credentials and experiences to students and families.
The bill requires participating school districts and participating
charter schools to utilize program funding to promote access to programs
and courses.

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