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Career Development Incentive Program
Colorado Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit
Resources are available to support school and district leaders as they increase student and family access to, awareness of, and engagement in high-demand and low-supply industry credentials and opportunities that students have to prepare for earning them while in high school.
The PWR of the Communications Toolkit webinar was held on May 5, 2022. View the recording here!
- Description: The new Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit, part of the Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP), contains a plethora of information on engaging students and families in career development and industry credentials, Colorado's Top 10 Industry Credentials, and integrating industry credentials in your district. Join members of the Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness and partners to learn how this new toolkit can be utilized to benefit students in your district!
The Career Development Incentive Program, or Career Development Success Program Expansion in House Bill 18-1266, provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students, grades 9-12, to complete:
Participating districts or charter schools could receive up to $1,000 for each completed credential, distributed in tiered order.
- 2021-22 Career Development Incentive Program List of Approved Programs
- NOTE: We've encountered expired certifications in the 2021-22 List. If you are preparing your students for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or Swift Application Development certifications, please see the 2021-2022 CDIP Substitutions list for approved substitutions for this year.
- 2022-23 Career Development Incentive Program List of Approved Programs (Updated Dec 2021)
- The 2021 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report
Application Process 2021-2022 NOW OPEN
On an annual basis, data may be submitted by Accountability contacts to CDE (via Syncplicity) using the provided data template.
Key Dates and Items
- Intent to Participate - Please complete the ITP via Alchemer. This form will close on June 30th, 2022. Please complete ITP prior to submitting the reporting template.
- Data Reporting Template - Due June 30, 2022 by 11:59PM
- CDIP Guidelines Document
- How to Apply Informational Slide Deck 2022
In an effort to decrease overall data submission burden and to align industry credential submissions, CDE will continue with the combined submission of the optional industry credential submission that is used for matriculation rate determinations for accountability purposes and the CDIP submission.
Please contact Marina Kokotovic at Kokotovic_m@cde.state.co.us with questions related to the ITP form, and Amanda Callinan at Callinan_a@cde.state.co.us for questions regarding the Accountability folder.
2020-21 Program Participation
49 school districts and six charter schools reported students who completed qualified industry credential programs. A total of 63% of these local education providers were categorized as rural or small rural.
A total of 6,709 qualifying credentials/courses were reported. Only 4,685 were funded due to available appropriations.
As required by state law, Colorado Revised Statute 22-54-138, participating districts or charter schools cannot receive a distribution of more than 10% of the total number of completed industry certificates reported by districts and charter schools. Therefore, three district received funding for only 483 certificates, rather than the amount reported, thus reducing the number of credentials funded.
2021 Reported Credential Breakdown and Demographics
|Qualified Programs||# Reported by Districts||# Funded||$ Amount Funded|
|Construction Industry Pre-Apprenticeships||172||0||$0|
|Construction Industry Apprenticeships||*||0||$0|
|Advanced Placement Computer Science Courses||1005||0||$0|
|American Indian/ Alaska Native||Asian||Black or African American||Hispanic or Latino||White||Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander||Two or More Races|
|AP Computer Science Courses||*||196||18||85||653||*||49|
*Personally-identifiable numbers were removed to protect student privacy
Request Industry Certification Inclusion
Please complete the form below if there is a program or industry certification that is not on the official Approved Programs List in the Talent Pipeline Report and there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate industry demand and credibility for the requested program/certification.
Career Development Incentive Program Guidelines and Resources
- 2021-22 CDIP Informational Webinar - December 1, 2021 covering SB21-119 and the changes coming to the Career Development Incentive Program
- 2021-2022 Career Development Incentive Program List of Approved Programs (Updated Dec 2020)
- NOTE: We've encountered expired certifications in the 2021-22 List. If you are preparing your students for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or Swift Application Development certifications, please see the 2021-2022 CDIP Substitutions list for approved substitutions for this year. Contact Janae Hunderman with questions!
- 2022-2023 Career Development Incentive Program List of Approved Programs (Updated Dec 2021)
- The 2021 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report - The Colorado Workforce Development Council is pleased to present the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with support from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, the State Demography Office at the Department of Local Affairs, and others.
- 2020-2021 Fact Sheet
- Career Readiness
- House Bill 18-1266
- Senate Bill 21-119
- Video of Promising Practices from Colorado Succeeds