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Career Success Pilot Program (HB 16-1289)


In May 2016, the Governor signed into law HB16-1289, the Career Success Pilot Program. The bill provides financial incentives for participating school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students (grades 9-12) to complete qualified industry credential programs, internships, residencies, construction pre-apprenticeship or construction apprenticeship programs, or qualified Advanced Placement courses.

Participating districts or charter schools could receive up to $1,000 for each student who successfully completes one of the qualified programs and will be distributed in tiered order. This pilot program is in effect through August 31, 2019.


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Participation & Reporting Requirements Timeline

Step 1:Submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness by June 1st.  

Step 2: Upon the receipt of the MOU, CDE will forward the MOU contact person an email with instructions to use the secure file transfer system Syncplicity to securely submit the Career Success Pilot Program Reporting Form by June 30th. The reporting form requires aggregated data of the total number of students who successfully earned/completed any of the qualified programs between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. A sample reporting form is available for you to review at this time – PLEASE NOTE that official reporting forms will be sent out by CDE via email.



Mary Anne Hunter
Phone: 303-866-6596

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