Colorado State Plan

The CWDC operates as a neutral collaborator and convener with state and local agencies involved in the workforce system. It is our hope that the practices outlined in the Colorado WIOA State Plan establish and maintain trusting relationships with all partners as we implement WIOA and continue to make Colorado a model for the nation.

2020-2023 WIOA State Plan

The Colorado 2020-2023 WIOA State Plan was submitted to the US Department of Labor at the end of February. The plan underwent a public comment period earlier this year, and was approved by the CWDC at its January meeting after revisions were made. The new plan will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

View responses to WIOA State Plan public comments

2016-2019 State Plan

Colorado's current state plan was approved by the federal government in fall 2016. The state was required to submit a modification to this state plan reflecting changes in labor market information and the state’s strategies. A survey of stakeholders conducted in December 2017 informed the changes found in the below modification. Based on the performance negotiation guidance issued by OCTAE, Colorado re-opened the public comment period for the Combined State Plan to gather comments during spring 2018. The updated plan was approved by USDOL in summer of 2018.


The state plan is required to be submitted to the US Departments of Labor and Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Development of this plan is a required function of the CWDC and the Governor must approve the plan prior to submission.

The development of the plan was a collaborative effort of local and state partners committed to excellence in serving the citizens of Colorado coordinated by the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

The plan includes an executive summary and seven unique sections.

Section I is a statement of the type of plan being submitted. The options are a unified plan or combined plan, and the difference is how many programs are collaboratively involved in the plan. Colorado is submitting a combined plan.
Section II is the strategic analysis that provides data on our economy and workforce, information on existing programs, and the overarching goals for the next four years.
Section III is the operational section that details how the partner programs will work together to make the goals in section II a reality. This section includes information on partnerships, technology, funding formulas, and specific initiatives to better serve customers.
Section IV is a statement of how combined planning was conducted with all partners.
Section V is a list of assurances that the state is making regarding the development and ongoing governance of this plan.
Section VI includes detailed operational plans for the core programs. Core programs are funded by WIOA and all report on the same performance measurements.
Section VII includes detailed operational plans for the combined plan programs. These programs opted to join this planning process in an effort to best align services throughout Colorado.

Read the State Plan

 2020-2023 State Plan

The 2020-2023 WIOA State Plan will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

 2016-2019 State Plan

The 2016-2019 WIOA State Plan will be in effect through July 1, 2020.