Rise into the Career You Want

Rise Into a Career in Education

Earn a short-term credential at no cost to you to prepare for an in-demand, well-paying job or career.

Do you want to make an impact in your community by becoming an educator? Skilled educators are in high demand in Colorado, and your local workforce center has funding to support your education career.

If you have been economically impacted by COVID-19, stimulus funds are available to support you in earning a short-term credential that leads to work in the education field. Whether you’re trying to land your first job as an educator or looking to advance your current education career, a short-term credential will help you expand your skills in order to make your next career move.

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Colorado’s Education Industry

Throughout Colorado, careers in education are in high demand, with more than 38,185 annual job openings across education occupations. Additionally, job growth in education occupations is projected at 10% between 2021 and 2026. This in-demand industry includes a wide variety of jobs across multiple career pathways, including:

Click the links above to explore various education career pathways in Colorado. For more information about jobs in education and the training, education, and skills needed to advance your career in the industry, visit My Colorado Journey.

Ready to launch or advance your career in education? The career coaches at your local workforce center can help you explore (and pay for) training opportunities for a variety of in-demand education jobs. Fill out the form to get started.

How to Apply

COVID-impacted Coloradans can access funding for a short-term credential through their local workforce center. Please complete this form to be contacted by a career coach at your local workforce center about opportunities.

Am I eligible?

If you are 16 or older and have experienced financial impact due to COVID-19, you are eligible to receive funding. This includes anyone unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 or who has otherwise been economically impacted by the pandemic since March 2020.

Eligibility Simplified

  • 16 or older AND one of the following:

    • Unemployed

    • Underemployed

    • Currently employed workers are eligible when the worker or the employer has been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Experienced an economic loss or had additional household expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Previously incarcerated

What will I get?

The costs will be covered for an industry-recognized credential to be obtained in 12 months or less. This support towards earning a short-term credential is available for both unemployed and employed individuals.

Funds must be used to complete only one short-term training program per individual. These funds cannot be used for High School Equivalency attainment* or to cover costs that have already been incurred.

*Learn more about the High School Equivalency Testing Program or the Workforce Diploma Pilot Program

What is an industry-recognized credential?

Any credentials (including licensures, certifications, or certificates) earned that increase an individual's employability for in-demand industries or growth occupations that are recognized by the industry.

This could include earning a commercial driver’s license, H-VAC certification, or licensed practical nurse credential. You could also strengthen your digital or customer service skills to advance your career. View a list of other potential industry-recognized credentials.

About Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling (RUN) Funding

HB21-1264 Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills, which was signed by Governor Polis on June 23, includes $25M for Investments in Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling Workers.

This portion of funding, referred to as RUN, is being distributed by local workforce boards and community-based organizations focused on reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling (RUN) for individuals whose work or training has been impacted by the pandemic.

RUN funding will support impacted individuals in earning a short-term, industry-recognized credential that leads to an in-demand, well-paying career.


If you have additional questions about training opportunities, please connect with your local workforce center to learn more, or complete this form to be contacted directly by a career coach at your local workforce center.