The Current State, Baseline, and Shared Targets
The Current State
Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 3 out of every 4 jobs in Colorado would require a post-high school degree or credential. The pandemic shifted the needs of critical industries and skills needed by employees to fill those needs. Now more than ever, it is critical our community members have the skills needed so they can earn a self-sufficient income and support the needs of critical industries in this region.
Barriers to Credential Attainment
|The Barrier||What Community Members Experience|
|Financial / work status and income
|Availability, access, and awareness of credential opportunities that align to self-sufficient wage jobs||
|Timely access to basic needs that would otherwise prevent participation in and completion of credential programs||
|Digital literacy and inclusion||
There is currently no data available that tracks the comprehensive number of community members earning a skill, credential, or degree. RMP is working in alignment with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) to develop a data point that is more inclusive of work-based learning AND two and four year degrees.
The data currently available to the Partnership illustrates the number of community members earning an Associate’s Degree or higher. In 2019, only 38 % of community members in the Adams and Broomfield counties had earned an Associates Degree or higher. CDHE estimates that an additional approximate six percent of the state has earned a credential. Below, you will find the baseline the Partnership is measuring around Credential Attainment.
The Shared Target
In order to increase the number of community members earning a skill, credential, or degree and eliminate equity gaps, the Partnership has set the following shared target:
By 2025 50% (est. n= 193,000) of adults in Adams and Broomfield Counties will earn a post-high school certificate, credential or degree. This includes eliminating equity gaps between all racial and ethnic groups. (That is an increase of an estimated 45,800 people).
The Target Populations For This Work
The work of the Rocky Mountain Partnership is to eliminate equity gaps by focusing collective strategies on meeting the unique needs of marginalized populations in order to yield the greatest impact on the community as a whole. Based on equity gaps identified by quantitative and qualitative data, the Partnership has identified the following populations as those most in need of increased collective work to support their journeys to earn a skill, credential, or degree:
|Latinx/People of Color||Opportunity Youth, or Youth Who May Become Opportunity Youth||Single Parents|
See More Credential Attainment Data
The Pulse Data Hub contains multiple data tools intended to highlight the current state, areas of opportunity, community voice and perspective, and the progress of the Partnership’s work. The Data Hub includes:
- The Community Well-Being Index provides in-depth information on how children, adults, and families are faring across a variety of health, economic security, and education indicators. This includes indicators that impact credential attainment.
- The Rocky Mountain Partnership Scorecard serves as a scorecard for The Partnership to measure annual progress towards shared priorities and targets, including progress towards closing equity gaps and the credential attainment target.
- The Collective Work Data Center serves as the data center for each of the collective work areas prioritized by The Partnership. There is a Credential Attainment and Work-Based Learning section of the center that provides local, state, and national data and community voice and perspective related to this area of work.
- The Collective Work Asset Center provides an inventory of the resources currently available in the region that support community members in The Partnership’s work areas. There is a Credential Attainment and Work-Based Learning section of the center that provides an inventory of current programs, services, and supports that already exist to support the journey to credential attainment.