Tuesday, March 25, 2008


DENVER—Today the full Senate gave final approval to SB08-20, sponsored by Sen. Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora), which would extend the "Fast College, Fast Jobs" pilot program to include American Indian students who live on Colorado's Indian reservations.

The bill would open program eligibility for the Fast College, Fast Jobs pilot program by adding school districts and high schools that serve those students.

"We need to make sure that the programs that are offered through the educational system that provides optimal educational opportunities are inclusive to all students wishing to participate," Williams said.

Fast college, Fast jobs allows enrolled students to receive a high school diploma and an associate's degree or a career and technical education certificate within five years. Students take a mix of high school and higher education courses and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average during four years of high school.

Currently, 23 school districts and 62 target schools are eligible to participate in the program.

The bill next heads to the House for consideration.