Jul 05

Colorado’s Collaborative Approach to Apprenticeships Highlighted at White House’s Reach Higher Conference

In June, Colorado’s work was spotlighted at the Reach Higher national conference during a breakout session featuring the CWDC, BASIC, and the BEL Commission and the collaborative effort to launch a statewide apprenticeship model.

The convening was hosted by the White House in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Noel Ginsberg, co-chair of the BEL Commission, spoke on a panel of industry thought leaders, addressing the need for coordination and alignment between business and education. Panelists included executive leadership from Arrow Electronics, Lockheed Martin, and Western Union.

Participants also had the opportunity to visit Springs Fabrication, a Colorado Springs manufacturing shop, highlighting the work of CAMA South (formerly Pikes Peak Manufacturing Partnership).

The sessions received positive reviews for exposing other states to models and frameworks to bridge business and education and improve outcomes for students.