DENVER (CBS4)– A bipartisan effort at the state Capitol aims at preparing Colorado students for jobs in industries that desperately need skilled workers.

The bills, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, include incentives for schools to start or expand computer science programs, a tax credit for businesses that offer apprenticeships and a pilot program that encourages more high school students to earn industry certifications.

“This makes all of my eight years worthwhile to see what we’ve done together. What I think the most crucial issue in education, that is keeping kids in school, getting them to graduate and going on to a meaningful career,” said Sen. Rollie Heath, a Democrat representing Boulder.

The bipartisan package also includes bills to streamline licenses in mental health professions and better training for electricians.

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