Advanced Industries Workforce Development Program Passes Committee
Very pleased that my bill to help develop our next generation of workers by training interns in high-tech STEM field jobs has passed through the Business Committee.
More info from the Colorado House Democrats:
House Democrats’ focus on accelerating job creation in Colorado’s high-tech industries got a double boost today with committee passage of two bills to develop the high-tech workforce and claim a share of what Star Trek fans know as “the final frontier.”
Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) are the sponsors of HB14-1013, which passed the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee this afternoon on a 6-5 vote. The bill augments the Advanced Industries Accelerator Program, which was launched in 2013, by creating incentives for private companies to offer paid internships and apprenticeships to get more Colorado high school and college graduates into the highly skilled jobs that the state’s emerging high-tech economy is producing.
“The governor has stated that he wants to make Colorado the most business-friendly state in the nation,” Rep. Lee told the committee “Part of doing that is developing and training a qualified workforce, and one of the ways to develop and train a qualified workforce — and it’s been accepted in business and industry for decades — is the idea of the use of interns. So we’re just implementing a tried-and-true strategy that’s has been utilized for a long time.”