DENVER (KDVR) – Gov. Jared Polis made an announcement Thursday on expanding Colorado’s registered apprenticeship programs, which help gets employees into the state’s workforce.

The governor was joined by officials from Centura Health, the Department of Personnel and Administration and the Department of Higher Education during the 12:45 p.m. announcement. The announcement focused on developing Colorado’s workforce amid these financially constricting times.

Colorado’s cost of living continues rising in every category.

According to the FOX31 Data Desk, major household expenditures for a single person have risen an estimated $360 in just over a year in Denver. Also, nationally, 0.915% of homebuyers under 35 used an older cosigner in 2020. In Colorado, 1.361% did.

Analysts at Rent.com said that a one-bedroom in Denver has risen 8.63% over the last month. On average, rent will cost renters an average of $2,250, in addition to the city’s median price for a gallon of gas, which has risen to roughly $4.89.

The presentation took place at Centura Health St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. You can watch the full news conference in the FOX31 NOW player above.

Those who joined Polis were Dr. Angie Paccione from the Department of Higher Education, Tony Gherardini from the Department of Personnel and Administration, CEO of Centura Health Peter D. Banko, and the Medical Assistance Apprentice at Centura Health Danielle Whelchel.