Incentives for Industry Credentials
The Incentives for Industry Credentials bill, or HB-1289, became law in 2016 with the goal of preparing more Colorado students for our state’s growing, middle-skill jobs, from healthcare to IT to advanced manufacturing.
What This Legislation Does:
- Creates a pilot program where school districts receive $1,000 bonus funding for each student who (1) earns an industry credential tied to an in-demand job, (2) finishes a rigorous workplace training program tied to key industry needs, or (3) successfully completes a Computer Science AP course.
- This is a flexible, voluntary program that responds to Colorado’s workforce demands. Incentives are based on in-demand jobs that deliver high wages.
- At the end of the two-year pilot, policymakers will evaluate its impact and decide whether to continue the program.
For up-to-date information around this new program, please see the resources below. We will also update this page regularly with additional materials and information.
Resources from Colorado Succeeds
Colorado Succeeds has authored numerous pieces about the Incentives for Industry Credentials program on our website and we will continue to share those items here:
- HB-1289 Fact Sheet
- HB-1289 Bill
- Succeeds-Championed Workforce Bill Signed into Law
- Voices From the Field: How HB-1289 Will Benefit Students & Industry
Resources from the State
- Colorado Department of Education Career Success Pilot Program Page
- Pilot Programs State Guidelines
- Pilot Program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
- List of Qualifying Programs – Talent Pipeline Report, from the Colorado Workforce Development Council
- Career Success Pilot Program Reporting Document Sample
Resources from the Colorado Department of Education
Related Stories from Colorado Succeeds
If you are interested in learning more about making education more relevant and aligned to industry needs, check out these resources from our website:
- Salida School District’s Building Trades Program Tackles Affordable Housing Head-On
- When a School District Breaks the Mold – St. Vrain Valley Schools
- Every Student is a STEM Student
- Best Practices in STEM
If you would like more information or to receive updates about this program from Colorado Succeeds, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.