Senior policy analyst Frank Waterous testified in favor of House Bill 13-1005 today before the House Education Committee.
This bill would create a pilot program that would combine adult basic-education coursework with post-secondary skills training – an effort aimed at helping low-literacy working-age adult students "acquire the educational and technical skills they need for successful participation in the 21st century workforce," Waterous testified. The pilot program is based on a successful education model used in other states.
By 2019, Colorado will have nearly 300,000 new openings in the "middle-skill" jobs category – positions that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year post-secondary degree. But the state does not have enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these solid, well-paying positions, according to a report released today.