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:

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Resources from the State

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:

If you would like more information or to receive updates about this program from Colorado Succeeds, please contact