DENVER—Today, The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) honored five Colorado legislators, which included House Republicans Paul Lundeen (R-Monument) and Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), for their efforts to understand issues and advocate for Colorado’s community colleges.
“Community colleges are a remarkably important part of higher education in Colorado. Spread out across our beautiful state, they launch students into meaningful employment opportunities and important roles as citizens of Colorado. It has been my honor to sponsor and promote legislation to help strengthen our community colleges,” said Lundeen.
Representative Becker added:
“The work CCCS and its colleges do transforms lives. Morgan Community College gave me a path and pushed me to take on leadership roles while attending and helped me to transfer on to a four-year university. Now I have the opportunity to serve the community colleges as an adjunct professor.”
According to SBCCOE and CCCS, the Legislator of the Year award is given annually to legislators who make an extra effort to understand and advocate for policy to help community colleges. In addition to Lundeen and Becker, Representative Janet Buckner (D-Aurora) and Senators Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) were given the award.
Specifically, House Bill 18-1005, sponsored by Becker, and House Bill 18-1086, sponsored by Lundeen, were priority bills for SBCCOE and CCCS. Both bills were signed into law earlier in the session.
HB 18-1005 requires school districts to provide students with more information related to postsecondary and concurrent enrollment courses available at community colleges, and the potential cost savings and employment benefits associated with the programs.
HB 18-1086 removed the statutory exemption that precluded community colleges in Colorado from offering a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, greatly expanding the number of higher education institutions that can offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing.