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Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education

Concerning supporting an energy sector career pathway for Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Higher Education
Labor & Employment
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

The bill requires the Colorado work force development council (council), in collaboration with local work force boards, the department of education, superintendents of local school districts, the state board for community colleges and occupational education, and other postsecondary partners, to design a career pathway for students in the energy sector using an existing statutory model for the design and implementation of career pathways.

The bill defines "energy sector" to include, electromechanical generation and maintenance, electrical energy transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and environmental technology, and renewable energy production.

The bill creates the strengthening photovoltaic and renewable careers (SPARC) workforce development program in the department of labor and employment (department). The purpose of the SPARC program is to create capacity for and bolster training, apprenticeship, and education programs in the energy sector career pathway to increase employment in the energy sector, prioritizing in-demand and growing occupations in the energy sector.

The bill authorizes the department, the council, the state board for community colleges and occupational education (community college board), and the department of higher education to use money appropriated by the general assembly to expand the capacity of training programs and to support the energy sector career pathway, as described in the bill. The department, in consultation with the council, the community college board, and the department of higher education, shall determine the amount of money allocated to public institutions of higher education, local workforce development areas, and others. The bill creates the SPARC program fund.

The bill requires the council to submit an annual report to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the implementation of the program and the use of funding, and to present a summary of the report at the department's annual presentation to the general assembly.

The bill repeals the program, effective July 1, 2026.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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