Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP) or Career Development Success Program – Colorado

Last Updated: 03/12/2024

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Colorado’s Career Development Incentive Program, or Career Development Success Program, provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students in grades 9–12 to complete: 

  • Qualified industry credential programs, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
  • Workplace training programs (internships)
  • Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) courses. 

Participating districts, charter schools, or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) could receive up to $1,000 for each pupil who completes a program, and 120% of the per-pupil amount for each pupil who is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, distributed in tiered order. 

Legislative History

Following an initial pilot program, House Bill 18-1266 (2018) extends the Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP) for 5 years, removes the designation “pilot”, and provides additional reporting requirements for the Colorado Department of Education. 

Senate Bill 21-119 (2021) expands CDIP to include the following additional requirements: 

  • Annual identification of Colorado’s top 10 industry credentials, defined as meeting the following criteria: 
    • Must be associated with one of the in-demand industries identified in the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado’s state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act - Perkins V. 
    • A high school level career pathway must have been created for the credential or high school must have the ability to offer the credential. 
    • Credential pathway must include concurrent enrollment courses and be likely to lead to a postsecondary degree and to jobs in high-skill, high-wage, in-demand industries. 
  • Development of a Communications Toolkit to support districts and schools in promoting their industry credentials offerings with students and families and increasing participation in CDIP programs across all student subgroups.
  • Additional reporting requirements of districts, including: 
    • Student participation disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, English Language Learner (ELL), and Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL) 
    • Whether students entered the workforce, enrolled in a post-secondary institution, or joined the military 
    • How CDIP funds were used to promote and expand the program 

The Career Development Success Program received additional support in 2021 from Colorado General Assembly’s appropriation of a portion of the federal coronavirus state fiscal recovery funds included in the “American Rescue Plan of 2021” (ARPA), Pub.L. 117-2.  In response to the negative economic impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), authorized uses for these funds included: 

  • Providing assistance to unemployed workers, including job training for individuals who want to and are available for work 
  • Providing aid to impacted industries to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency 
  • Providing programs, services, or other assistance for populations disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as programs or services that address or mitigate the impacts of the public health emergency on education 

The state legislature found that these authorized uses for the federal funds aligned with the assistance provided by the Career Development Success Program. 

Senate Bill 23-065 (2023) removes the requirement for successful completion of a qualified industry pre-apprenticeship program and the requirement for successful completion of a qualified industry apprenticeship, and adds boards of cooperative educational services to the program.  Beginning with the 2023-24 budget year, and for each budget year thereafter, this act increases the annual appropriation for the program from $1 million to $9.5 million.  The act extends the repeal date from September 1, 2024, to September 1, 2034. 

State law requires return on investment reports to include information specifically identifying the number of high school students enrolled and the number of degrees and certificates awarded through the Career Development Success Program.   

The most current reports are available online at Career Development Incentive Program | CDE ( 


Colorado Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit 

2023-24 List of Approved Programs 

2023-24 Removed Certifications 

 House Bill 18-1266 Career Development Success Program Expansion 

Senate Bill 21-119 Increasing Access to High-Quality Credentials 

Senate Bill 23-065 Career Development Success Program 

Colorado Revised Statute 22-54-138 Career Development Success Program – Created – Funding – Report – Legislative Declaration – Definitions – Repeal 

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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