April 9, 2012 House Education Committee House Committee Room 0112 200 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203

Dear Chairman Massey and members of the House Education Committee, We are writing to express our support for Senate Bill 12-015, also known as the “Colorado ASSET” bill. As the business voice for education reform, we support this bill based on its alignment with our vision that “every student has access to a high performing school and graduates with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to compete in a competitive global economy.” This is a workforce pipeline issue and our businesses’ demand for top talent is greatly outpacing the state’s supply. Currently, 81% of Colorado’s jobs require some postsecondary education, yet only 45% of Colorado’s adults are qualified to fill them. Further, a recent study by Georgetown University estimates that the number of jobs in Colorado requiring some postsecondary education will be among the nation’s highest by the year 2018. Aside from the need for educated applicants to fill our workforce, we also know that the future prosperity of our businesses depends on an educated customer base. Given the correlation between education levels and employment rates and wages, it is perfectly clear that a well-educated populous is better for the overall economy within which our businesses operate. Yet, without SB12-015, many of our students in Colorado will not be able to pursue higher education due to its already-high, and ever-growing cost. We know that many of these students will obtain legal status one day and can take advantage of opportunities such as workplace sponsorship in the meantime. Regardless, students afforded an opportunity to pursue higher education through SB12-015 will be better prepared to enter our workforce and contribute to society with the skills and mindsets necessary to make significant contributions. Finally, we know that some of the smartest policy minds in the country are looking into a national solution for this issue. If and when this is addressed at the federal level, we want to ensure that Colorado’s students are able to take part in the opportunities afforded to them through federal legislation. For these reasons, we urge you to support SB12-015. Sincerely, Colorado Succeeds (see attached list)

Trustees Raymond J. Bellucci TIAA-CREF Financial Services Rob Cohen The IMA Financial Group Pete Coors MillerCoors Mark Cornetta 9NEWS Tom Gart Gart Properties Jim Hayes FORTUNE Magazine (retired) Bruce James Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Steve Lake CBIZ Donna Lynne Kaiser Permanente Steve McConahey SGM Capital Carrie Morgridge Morgridge Family Foundation Hassan Salem U.S. Bank Mark Smith East West Partners Kent Thiry DaVita Bob Tointon Phelps Tointon Scott Wylie First Western Trust

Board of Directors Bob Deibel, Co-chairman OfficeScapes, Al Timothy, Co-chairman MillerCoors Zack Neumeyer, Founder Sage Hospitality Resources Jandel Allen-Davis Kaiser Permanente Jill Barkin JP Morgan Chase Casey Cortese Janus Pat Donovan Revolution Foods Advisory Council Brent Abrahm Accruit Rob Alvarado Alvarado Concepts Rudy Andras RBC Capital Markets Andy Arnold AWA Ventures Cary Baird Chevron Matt Baldner Steele Street Bank Andy Boian Dovetail Solutions William Browning Rebound Solutions Jason Crow Holland & Hart LLP Emily Eikelberner TeleTech Scott Foust North Highland Chris Franks Moblify Jean Galloway Galloway Group Bill Gold Goldbug Daniel Jablonsky Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Paul Koenig Shareholder Representative Services Ben Kornell DaVita Rich Lewis RTL Networks Todd Lindenbaum Sport Shares Rochelle Rabeler Holland & Hart LLP Lorii Rabinowitz KUSA/9NEWS Jesus Salazar Credera David Henry E.B. Lane Advertising Carol Hansen Tatonka Capital Tyler Nottberg U.S. Engineering Alexander Ooms ClearCreek Partners Jeff Plush Colorado Rapids Steve Richards Mile High Outdoor Bruce Siegel North Highland

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