Community colleges and occupational education - earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credit - transfer to college credit - working group - appropriation. The chief administrative officer of the Colorado community college system, or his or her designee, is required to convene a working group to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to facilitate the transfer of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credit to college credit. If possible, the chief administrative officer is required to include representatives from varying community colleges, area technical schools, local district colleges, relevant 4-year institutions that grant bachelor degrees, applicable union and nonunion labor organizations, and other interested parties. The working group will meet during the interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general assembly and is required to consider specified issues, solicit input from subject matter experts, and submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to facilitate the transfer of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credit to college credit, including any recommendations for necessary legislation.
The money appropriated for purposes of the working group is exempt from the matching requirement for student financial assistance. In addition, the department of higher education is required to enter into a fee-for-service contract for the purposes of the working group.
For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, $15,000 is appropriated to the department of higher education from the general fund.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)