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Bill Detail: SB24-143

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Title Credential Quality Apprenticeship Classification
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Education (04/19/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
E. Hamrick (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Coleman (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/07/2024
Summary

Current law requires the department of higher education
(department) and other higher education institutions to develop a
framework for evaluating the quality of nondegree credentials. The bill
formally recognizes the resulting quality and in-demand nondegree
credentials framework (quality nondegree credentials framework) as the
primary tool for assessing the quality of nondegree credentials offered in
the state.
The bill requires the department to collaborate with various
agencies to ensure the effective integration of the quality nondegree
credentials framework within the state's education and workforce systems
and to evaluate nondegree credentials offered through state-recognized
programs to ensure the credentials meet the framework's quality
standards. At least annually, the department shall supply a list of
nondegree credential programs that meet the framework's quality
standards for inclusion in the Colorado talent report and a credential
registry endorsed by the state.
The department shall engage state agencies, educational
institutions, international organizations, and other stakeholders to study
and make recommendations about the adoption of the international
standard classification of education (ISCED) as the state's standard
framework for classifying nondegree credentials and ISCED's wider
application in the state's education and workforce systems. The
recommendations must include a process for assigning ISCED
equivalency levels to nondegree credentials included in stackable
credential pathways and apprenticeship programs. The bill requires the
department to report its findings and recommendations on or before
January 1, 2025.
Current law requires the department to create stackable credential
pathways in growing industries. The bill requires the department to align
the stackable credential pathways with appropriate ISCED equivalency
levels on or before January 1, 2025.
The bill requires the office of future of work to coordinate with
various agencies to determine ISCED equivalency levels for each
apprenticeship program registered on and after January 1, 2025. The
office of future of work shall then determine ISCED equivalency levels
for each apprenticeship program registered before January 1, 2025.

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