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State Apprenticeship Council

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On March 23rd, 2023 Governor Polis signed SB23-051 Conforming Workforce Development Statutes. The legislation directs the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) to establish the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) to provide professional and technical expertise and advise the SAA on registered apprenticeship standards, rules, and performance. The SAC is made up of two committees: the Committee for Apprenticeship in the Building and Construction Trades (CABCT) which advises the SAA on the building and construction trades, and the Committee for Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries (CANEI) which advises the SAA on all other industries. The SAC will support the SAA as it develops the State plan and standards in accordance with 29 CFR § 29.13.

 

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Read the Announcement of SAC Appointments

 

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State Apprenticeship Council Members

Committee for Apprenticeship in the Building and Construction Trades Voting Members

The committee will advise the State Apprenticeship Agency on registered apprenticeships for the building and construction trades. 

  • Gerald Arnold, Denver Pipefitters Local Union #208
  • Michael Gifford, Associated General Contractors - Colorado
  • Shane Haas, FCI Constructors, Inc.
  • Jeanie Kelley, RK Mechanical
  • Heather Sherwood,  Western States College of Construction
  • Marilyn Akers Stansbury, Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain 
  • Jason Wardrip, Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council 
  • Sean Wyatt, Plumbers Local Union 3 
  • Tony Milo, Colorado Contractors Association
  • Zack Esquibel, IBEW Local 68
Committee for Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries Voting Members

The committee will advise the State Apprenticeship Agency on registered apprenticeships for all other industries, with membership reflecting high-demand jobs. 

  • Julia Brink, Red Rocks Childcare Innovation Center
  • Curtis Englehart, Mesa County Workforce Center
  • Nicole Jones, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity Youth Services
  • Dani Kimlinger, Colorado Society for Human Resources Management State Council
  • Mary Mino, MSM Advisory Group
  • Jaime Pearson, Centura Health
  • Luis Ponce, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Non-voting members of the State Apprenticeship Council
  • Eric Dunker,  Reach University representing a training provider
  • Cher Haavind, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Sarah Heath, Colorado Community College System
  • Marie Pecoraro, Office of Economic Development & International Trade
  • Renee Welch, Colorado Department of Higher Education 
  • Lorena Zimmer, Denver Health representing equal opportunity in apprenticeship
  • Tracy Mead, Colorado Workforce Development Council
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State Apprenticeship Council Membership - Director Appointments

Per CRS 8-15.7-103, the director shall appoint ten voting members familiar with apprenticeable occupations to the Committee on Apprenticeship in the Building and Construction Trades as follows:

  • Four representatives from employer organizations, one of whom represents a statewide employer organization, one of whom represents an employer involved with an apprenticeship program targeting populations with barriers to employment, and one of whom represents a statewide organization of general and specialty commercial construction contractors that is knowledgeable about registered apprenticeship programs
  • Four representatives from employee organizations, one of whom represents a statewide employee organization
  • Two representatives of the public

Per CRS 8-15.7-104, the director shall appoint eight voting members to the Committee on Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries who represent, and are regularly evaluated to ensure that the representation aligns with, high-demand jobs, as stated in the annual Colorado talent report prepared pursuant to section 24-46.3-103(3), as follows:

  • Three representatives of employer organizations that are not within the building and construction trades; at least one of whom represents an employer involved with a program explicitly targeting populations with barriers to employment, including women, people of color, ex-offenders, and persons with disabilities; one of whom represents youth with barriers to employment; and one of whom represents out-of-school youth
  • Three representatives from employee organizations that are not within the building and construction trades
  • One representative from a qualified intermediary
  • One member of the public

State Apprenticeship Council Membership - Governor Appointments

Per CRS 8-15.7-103, the governor shall appoint seven nonvoting, ex officio members to serve on the CABCT and the CANEI as follows:

  • One representative from CDLE
  • One representative of career and technical education programs
  • One representative with experience in economic development
  • One representative of training providers;
  • One representative of the state work force development council created in section 24-46.3-101;
  • One member who is interested in promoting equal opportunity in apprenticeship; and
  • One representative from the department of higher education.

Application Process

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State Apprenticeship Council Meetings

Apprenticeship Colorado values ensuring accessibility for all those who participate in our activities and events. If you are in need of accommodations please email apprenticeship@state.co.us with your request at least 5 business days before the date of the event.

Public Registration for SAC Meetings 2024

State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) Meetings
 Committee for Apprenticeship in the Building and Construction Trades (Formerly SAC) Meetings
Committee for Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries (Formerly IAC) Meetings
Ad Hoc & Special Committee Meetings
Past State Apprenticeship Council Meetings (2024)
Past State Apprenticeship Council Meetings (2023)
Past State Apprenticeship Council Meetings (2022)
Past Ad Hoc & Special Committee Meetings

 

Learn More About Apprenticeship Legislation and Policy