The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) was one of 28 recipients nationwide of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program, receiving two million dollars over four years to create 1,600 IT and cybersecurity apprenticeships in Colorado between March 2020 and March 2024.

Four colleges were announced to lead the program in September 2021: Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, and Pueblo Community College. Read the press release.

CO-TECH was designed to make high-wage, high-demand IT occupations accessible to 1,600 adults statewide, regardless of previous education by primarily investing grant funds in program development, launch, implementation, and scaling.

ACC student Kayln Cook Cowdin works on a server as part of her cybersecurity apprenticeship.

Targeted Occupations

Fourteen occupations were identified as targeted occupations for the CO-TECH grant, with a particular emphasis being places on cybersecurity functions.

  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Software Developers, Systems Software
  • Web Developers
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Network Support Specialists
  • Computer Occupations, All Others
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Systems Analysts

Visit the Colorado Registered Apprenticeship Program Directory to learn more about apprenticeships.

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