• Strengthening Workforce Development in Rural Areas

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  • Dan Kraus Recognized at RMWDA 2018 Conference

    Dan Kraus was recognized at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Workforce Development Association Conference as a Champion of the Rural Workforce Consortium.  Dan joined the workforce 31 years ago and has demonstrated throughout his career his commitment to assisting people in the community with obtaining a better income in safe and great jobs!!

    Dan Kraus began his career as a Pipeline Foreman.  After ten years, he began the Electrical Apprenticeship Program and in 2003 graduated from the training program as the Local IBEW Apprentice of the Year.

    Dan is presently the Director of Training for IBEW Local #12 and National Electrical Contractors of Southern Colorado.  Dan has served on the Pueblo Workforce Development Board for eight years and on the Rural Consortium Board for three. 

    Dan is nationally recognized and respected as a subject matter expert in electrical apprenticeship, training and safety standards.   He has coordinated numerous projects for the United Way, Pueblo City Schools and other non-profit organizations in rural Colorado. Dan was recently appointed to serve on the Colorado Workforce Development Council.  

    Dan, thank you for being a true Champion of work based learning and for your continued commitment and partnership. 

  • Develop a Registered Apprenticeship Program

    The registered apprenticeship model gives employers an opportunity to build a workforce trained to meet their specific skill needs. Apprenticeships offer a flexible training solution, aligned with national and company-specific standards resulting in a well-skilled, well-rounded worker ready for a professional career in the company.


    Registered Apprenticeships help businesses thrive. For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity. (U.S. Department of Labor)


    • Develop highly-skilled, highly productive employees Increase safety in the workplace Create a more diverse workforce and new pool of workers
    • Reduce turnover rates Increase productivity Lower recruitment costs
    • A business services representative at your local workforce center will work with you and your partners to:

    Understand the registered apprenticeship training and employment model Identify roles within your organization that align to existing apprenticeship programs Connect you with appropriate resources to assist with creating and maintaining a program Assist you with recruiting candidates and making program updates as your workforce needs evolve.

    To find out more about the Registered Apprenticeships program contact your Local Business Development Representative at the Workforce Center.

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  • Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium

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