BEL Commission

BEL Commission

The vision of the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission is to integrate experiential learning opportunities into Colorado's talent development network. 

2019-2020 Priorities
  • Scale in-school youth apprenticeship
  • Shrink gap between high school graduation and apprenticeship
  • Address demographic equity gap
  • Build educational assets for every worker
BEL Commission Members

BEL Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to serve an initial term of 2-3 years. Subsequent terms are two years long.

Noel David Ginsburg, Chair. CEO, Intertech Plastics, Inc

Joe Barela. Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Angie Paccione, Ph.D. Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education

Betsy Markey. Executive Director, Office of Economic Development & International Trade

Katy Anthes, Ph.D. Commissioner of Education, Colorado Department of Education

Lee Wheeler-Berliner. Managing Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Joe Garcia. Chancellor, Colorado Community College System

D. Rico Munn. Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools

Susana Cordova. Superintendent, Denver Public Schools

Helen Young Hayes, Founder/CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions

Gerald Arnold. Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Denver Pipefitters Local #208

Gregory Meyers. Vice President Talent Acquisition, TTEC

Joanne "JB" Bettinger. VP Human Resources, Stonebridge Companies

Lisanne McNew. President and COO,  McNew & Associates, Inc.

Phil Kalin. President & CEO, Pinnacol Assurance

Sylvia Robinson, Communications & HR Program Manager, Tolmar, Inc

Yvonne Myers. Health Systems Director, Columbine Health Systems

Zaneta Kelsey. Sr. Director of Marketing, Transparent Solutions

BEL Committees

The BEL Commission has two committees comprised of BEL Commission members and representatives from other organizations.
Advocacy Committee:
The advocacy committee drafts and signs off on briefing statements for state and federal bills and policy relevant to the BEL Commission. 

Marketing Committee:
The marketing committee advises on the development of a strategic communications plan that builds awareness, adoption, and support for the experiential learning system. 

Executive Orders

B 2018-012 Amending Executive Order B 2016-001 Regarding the Business Experiential Learning Commission
B 2016-001 Amending Executive Order B 2015-004 Regarding the Business Experiential Learning Commission
B 2015-004 Creating the Business Experiential Learning Commission

Executive Order to appoint members - November 2020
Executive Order to reappoint members - June 2020
Executive Order to appoint new members - December 2019
Executive Order to appoint and reappoint members - July 2019
Executive Order to appoint new members - March 2019

Meeting Dates & Materials 

December 1, 2020

Time: 8 a.m. -9:15 a.m.
Location: Webinar



October 6, 2020

Meeting Minutes
Meeting Slides

August 4, 2020

Meeting Slides

June 2, 2020

Meeting Slides
Colorado Dual Education System

April 7, 2020

Meeting Slides

February 4, 2020

New CDLE WBL Unit Manager

December 3, 2019

Meeting Slides
Colorado Succeeds Update 
My Colorado Journey

October 8, 2019

Meeting Slides
Office of the Future of Work
Return on Investment of Higher Education

August 6, 2019

Meeting Slides
Registered Apprenticeships In Colorado

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2020 Meeting Calendar

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Location: Webinar



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