Policy Series Reports

Colorado has recently passed legislation to better align student outcomes with industry demands while also providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in high-demand fields. The Manufacturing Career Pathways Act, signed into law in May 2013, requires the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (CCOE), in coordination with the state departments of education, higher education, labor and employment, and the state workforce development council, to design a manufacturing career pathway for skills needed for employment in the state’s manufacturing industry. 

The bill requires the pathway to align with high-demand occupations; include articulated progression through education, stackable industry‐validated credentials, career counseling, as well as multiple entry and exit points; and allow a student to earn income while progressing through the pathway. The legislature appropriated $1 million for the initial year of the program.

Program Contact
Jo O'Brien
Program Director for Manufacturing Pathways
Colorado Community College System Career & Technical Education 
Phone: (720) 858-2360 
Email: Jo.Obrien@cccs.edu

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