On January 25, Governor Polis delivered his annual state of the state’s address. He underscored the importance of accessible postsecondary education and workforce development in our state which has “two jobs for every unemployed Coloradan.”
He highlighted progress and remaining opportunities to help more high school students get a head start on postsecondary education, access career pathways and work-based learning in high school.
These are critical policy areas that Colorado Succeeds has helped to shape and is committed to expanding going forward. Colorado Succeeds has also focused on ensuring there is a short path to an industry aligned credential, something Polis also focused on. In fact, he wants to make many paths to high demand credentials free of charge by expanding on last year’s proven approach in healthcare.
He cited construction, firefighting, law enforcement, nursing, and early childhood as possible areas for investment.
Throughout, a critical theme of Polis’s speech was the importance of aligning with the needs of Colorado’s business community to help repair our talent pipeline.
And yet, the conversation around the critical challenges of Colorado’s talent pipeline isn’t new. We need to put our state’s students on the path to postsecondary and career success and cultivate a pipeline of workers for in-demand jobs across the state.
Colorado Succeeds will continue to put our expertise in the intersection of education, business, and government to work in service of clearing the path so that more Coloradans have a path to economic mobility.