DENVER—Today, the House Education Committee unanimously passed legislation that continues and expands a program to help veterans transition from military service into the civilian workforce. House Bill 18-1343, sponsored by Colorado Springs Representatives Terri Carver and Pete Lee, continues the Veterans’ Service to Career Program, and expands it to include active-duty members who are within six months of their retirement.
“This is win win for Colorado businesses and the military community,” said Carver. “The Veterans’ Service to Career Program will help expand the state’s skilled labor workforce and help facilitate highly trained veterans’ transition to the civilian workforce.
“This program provides training, internship placement, and other career services that will improve veterans’ professional opportunities.”
The initial pilot program, created in 2016, awarded grants to the Arapahoe-Douglas Workforce Center, the El Paso County Workforce Center, the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence and the Larimer County Workforce Center.
The bill requires the workforce centers and non-profit agencies applying for the grants to demonstrate that their services will not duplicate federal services, and among other requirements, how their services will accommodate participants that are experiencing homelessness or struggling with addiction.
During the hearing, Mt. Carmel CEO Robert McLaughlin and Program Manager Daniel Martinez both testified on the success of the pilot program and in support of the bill.