Those who enjoy sound physical and mental health or are able to get adequate treatment when they need it are likely to be more productive, advance faster in their careers, earn higher incomes and enjoy a better quality of life throughout their adult years.
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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.
Policy brief explaining why Colorado should use 15% of federal ???Reed Act??? funds to ensure the provision of effective workforce development services to the state???s growing population of unemployed and underemployed workers.
The legislature should significantly increase state support for adult basic education by appropriating at least $1 million each year to match the state???s federal grant and to expand and improve basic services. This investment will help more adults get GEDs, learn English and become literate.
HB 07-1271 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. Adult education and family literacy programs can often be the starting point for many low-income individuals and families trying to get ahead.
Baker, RobinBuchanan, WadeJones, RichWaterous, Frank
Colorado can restructure its education system for the 21st Century, ensure Colorado families can afford the health care they need, renew the promise of secure pensions and retirement plans and make strategic investments in the jobs and infrastructure that underpin a competitive economy.