At Colorado Succeeds, we believe every student should graduate from high school with a diploma, a high-quality career-connected learning experience, and a path to a postsecondary credential with market value. We are linking arms with partners in education, business, and government from across the state to ensure learners have clear pathways to economic mobility, and that business has the homegrown workforce they need to thrive.
Colorado’s talent pipeline needs major repair. Learners are getting lost, and employers are struggling to hire.
We need a cross-sector collaborative approach to addressing some urgent facts:
added in CO in 2022,
yet employers report significant skills gaps
and talent needs
Only half of Colorado high school graduates enroll in college
The conversation around the critical challenges of Colorado’s talent pipeline isn’t new, but the pandemic has made addressing it critical. 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.
THE SOLUTIONS REQUIRE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT.
THE COST OF NOT TRAINING CITIZENS
for a changing workforce far outweighs the cost of addressing it.
CLOSING THE STATE'S CREDENTIAL GAP
can unlock $12B in GDP - but only if those credentials align with market demand.
THE INFLUX OF FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING
provides an historic opportunity to finally do something about it - at scale.
Read the report from Colorado Succeeds, Unlocking Our State’s Potential: One Million Credentials of Value for Coloradans, describing the state’s postsecondary challenges and opportunities for business advocacy and leadership.
UNLOCKING OUR STATE'S POTENTIAL:
One Million Credentials of value for Coloradans
Additionally, to help shape the future of Colorado’s workforce and improve outcomes for Colorado learners, Colorado Succeeds, in partnership with the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Inclusive Economy, Colorado Technology Association, and Colorado Thrives, is proud to launch The Education to Employment Alliance.
In a new report, Maximizing Human Potential And Economic Mobility For Coloradans, the alliance principals offer a sound diagnosis of Colorado’s talent needs and call for the business community to come together with learning providers and government entities to work toward the outlined recommendations.
Maximizing Human Potential And Economic Mobility
Colorado Succeeds is partnering with industry to get:
into the hands of Coloradans by
Build a collaborative system that combines labor market information, employer insights, and educator feedback to develop the knowledge, skills, and credentials students need for the state’s top jobs.
ACCESS to success
Mobilize within and beyond traditional postsecondary pathways to expand access and opportunity for all learners, particularly those furthest from resources and ensure that all learners enter a career pathway with a living wage that allows them to realize their potential.
Meet postsecondary partners leading the work
Thank you to the network partners joining us in this work to improve postsecondary education for Coloradans:
Join us in eliminating the skills gap in colorado
Want to learn more about career-connected learning in Colorado? Colorado Succeeds developed a series of impact briefs analyzing many of the programs currently focused on postsecondary credit opportunities and career-connected learning in high school. View our impact briefs and policy solutions.