Implementing State Legislation from 2015 and 2016
Innovative Industries Grant Program
In 2015, the Colorado legislature passed HB15-1230, the Innovative Industries Internship Program. If you are an employer in an Innovative Industry you may be eligible for reimbursement up to 50% of paid internship costs with a cap of $5,000 for interns with a minimum of 130 on-the-job training hours completed in 6 months. 80% of awards will go to businesses with fewer than 100 employees. This program is administered through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and funded by the state.
The next application cycle will open January 1, 2017 - February 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and award notifications sent in March 2017. To receive program updates, notifications about the application process, and/or information about application deadlines click here.
For more information and program applications visit colorado.gov/cdle/innovativeindustries.
Computer Science Standards
During the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 16-1198 requiring the Colorado Department of Education to develop academic standards in computer science for secondary students. The new law allows districts to elect and adopt these standards for their high school students. These voluntary, secondary computer science standards must be adopted by the State Board of Education by July 2018. CDE hosted three regional meetings in October and November to engage a broad array of stakeholders to inform the development process.
Visit the CDE website for more information on the computer science standards implementation process and to submit comments about the standards.