Governor Signs HB 16-1302 Into Law

(DENVER)  Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation that cements Colorado’s collaborative and innovative approach to implementing workforce development programs that support businesses and individuals.  House Bill 16-1302 was sponsored by Representatives Crisanta Duran and Brian DelGrosso and Senators Linda Newell and Larry Crowder.  It was passed with bipartisan support in both chambers.

The legislation aligns the current state statute with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which was passed by Congress in July of 2014.  Together, the federal and state laws will strengthen workforce development activities, focusing on serving the most vulnerable workers and expanding education and training to address employers’ growing need for skilled workers.

The legislation requires that states begin working more collaboratively with community based organizations, as well as higher education and profit and non-profit providers.  In Colorado, unique working relationships are currently being forged or strengthened between Workforce Centers and service providers from the public and private sectors.

Colorado has taken a leadership role in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, establishing meaningful engagement with industries. In addition, the Department of Education’s Adult Education Initiatives Office is partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment to strengthen services and work is being finalized to merge the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation into the Department of Labor and Employment.

These efforts will better position workforce centers throughout Colorado to serve the targeted populations outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and House Bill 16-1302.

For Immediate Release

Date:    May 20, 2016

Contact:    Colorado Department  of Labor and Employment

Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations

Bill Thoennes at 303-318-8004 or Cher Haavind at 303-318-8003