The Skill Advance program offers State funding through the Colorado First & Existing Industry job training reimbursement grants to strengthen business competitiveness and improve employment opportunities. Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are jointly administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and are locally administered by participating community colleges.
The Colorado First (CF) Job Training Program provides funds for net new hire training and focuses on businesses relocating to or expanding within Colorado and who are in need of training workers with the skills necessary to increase productivity and wages and to reduce their need for public support.
The Existing Industry (EI) Job Training Program provides funding for incumbent worker training and supports established Colorado businesses with adapting to new technology and preventing layoffs.
Fiscal Year 2022 incentive levels per learner maximum funding (averaged across each training plan): CF - $1,400, EI - $1,200. The application period opens July 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.
To schedule an informational meeting with the Front Range Community College Colorado First & Existing Industry Grant Administrator, Erin Fink Smith, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.