Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program Grantees Announced

In 2019, Colorado Succeeds supported a bill championed by Sen. Jeff Bridges (D) and Sen. Shannon Bird (D) that allows schools and districts to further offer work-based learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Known as the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program, the program alleviates seat-time requirements for approved schools and districts that would otherwise hinder their ability to offer work-based learning opportunities. The Colorado Department of Education released the first grantees last week:

  • Jefferson Academy High School
  • Lewis-Palmer School District
  • Mountain Valley School District RE-1
  • Pueblo County District 70
  • The Academy
  • Weld RE-8 School District

Through numerous convenings with key stakeholders, Colorado Succeeds identified a challenge with creating a robust work-based learning program and how schools are funding by counting the actual hours students spend in buildings. Outlined barriers like seat-time requirements were also published in a series of papers, available here.

*Funding and counting data displayed for the 2019-’20 school year

If you would like to join us for future convenings to discuss barriers to innovation in your district contact Lance Hostetter, Learn more about education in Colorado here.

Government Affairs Manager
Colorado Succeeds