Revised Opportunity Note reflects amendments made in the Senate to SB 07-148. The Fast College Fast Jobs bill allow eligible school districts to contract with higher education institutions to create programs through which participating high school students could simultaneously complete, within five years, both a high school diploma and an associates degree or career and technical education certificate.
To be considered a state of opportunity i n the 21st century, Colorado must provide its adults - both young and old - with access to lifelong education and training . Real opportunities for further education and training must not only be available to recent high school graduates, but also to high school dropouts of all ages who are trying to get back on the Cycle of Opportunity, English language learners, and high school graduates who find their skills are no longer good enough.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary expressing the need to fund public community colleges, whose funding has decreased in recent years, making education beyond high school more out of reach for many Coloradans.
We should use Referendum C money to help make up for past funding cuts to community colleges, junior colleges and state colleges throughout Colorado, giving priority to institutions serving and demonstrating a commitment to low-income, underserved and rural students.
HB 1098 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. It will help increase the number of students, especially from low-income and minority backgrounds, who complete high school and enroll in college.