CO-TECH IT and Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program

Overview:

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is 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.

Initial industry partners include the following:

  • • CCCS colleges and Emily Griffith Technical College
  • • Industry leadership, including Techtonic, Second-61, Microsoft, and Centura Health who have committed +$900,000 in-kind contributions
  • • Jobs for the Future
  • • State agency collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
  • • Sector partnership and industry association support

CO-TECH will 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.

Targeted Occupations:

Fourteen occupations have been identified as targeted occupations for the CO-TECH grant, with a particular emphasis being places on cybersecurity functions. Additional occupations will be considered based on employer regional demand.

  • • 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

Ready to get started?

For employers: Click here if interested in starting an IT or cyber apprenticeship program at your business.

For potential apprentices:

  • • More information on CCCS apprenticeships coming soon!
  • • Thinking about an apprenticeship in another industry? Visit the Colorado Registered Apprenticeship Programs Directory to get started by clicking here.

Have a general question? Email CO-TECH@cccs.edu