The bill creates the Colorado veterans' service-to-career pilot program (program) for the purpose of enhancing work force center services that are not available under federal law. The department of labor and employment will select one or more work force centers to contract with a nonprofit agency to administer the program. Work force centers selected by the department and the nonprofit agency shall develop and expand programs to provide work force development-related services specifically tailored to the unique needs and talents of veterans, spouses, and other eligible participants. The services provided by the program may include:
- Skills training;
- Opportunities for apprenticeship placements;
- Opportunities for internship placements;
- Opportunities for work placements with businesses or other organizations; and
- Support services.
The department shall develop a grant program so that work force centers may apply for money to administer the program. Money for the internships and apprenticeships may come from the employer, federal money, and grant money though the general fund. The bill outlines specific requirements that work force centers must meet in order to apply to the grant program.