Colorado Succeeds Expands Focus Into

HIGHER EDUCATION

Colorado Succeeds is proud to announce the expansion of our impact, broadening the scope of our work to now formally include postsecondary education.  

We believe every student in Colorado should graduate from high school with a diploma, a high-quality career-connected learning experience, and a postsecondary credential with market value. 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.

01

Problem

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:

50K
NEW Jobs

added in CO in 2022,
yet employers report significant skills gaps
and talent needs

Only half of Colorado high school graduates enroll in college

Nearly
74K

young people between 16-24 are not in school and not working

02

OPPORTUNITY

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.

03

THE REPORT

Read the new report from Colorado Succeeds, Unlocking Our States 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

04

Our Goal

Colorado Succeeds is partnering with industry to get:

ONE MILLION
IN-DEMAND CREDENTIALS

into the hands of Coloradans by

2030

05

Solution

ALIGNMENT

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.

06

partners

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.

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