Colorado Springs Employer and Teen Honored at Appreciation Ceremony

Governor's Summer Job Hunt Program Wraps Up 34th Year.

(DENVER) – With school back in session, summer has come to its inevitable end.  And with the end of the season comes the conclusion of the 2014 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt.  Every year since its inception in 1981, the program has promoted successful entry into the workforce through education and workplace experience that leads to self-sufficiency.

“This year, Workforce Centers across Colorado provided almost 40,000 young people with assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek.  “They connected thousands with summer jobs thanks to community-minded businesses.  Every employer who hired a young person this summer was working in collaboration with our schools to build and strengthen our future workforce.”

The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program and Workforce Centers across the state presented awards to employers and teens at a reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence in Denver.  Companies who helped teens expand their basic workplace skills were recognized and special awards were presented to young people who showed an exemplary work ethic in their summer job.

A Colorado Springs employer and its teen worker were honored during the awards reception.

Discover Goodwill was recognized for its dedication to helping people reach their highest level of personal and economic independence.  This nonprofit organization has collaborated with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to provide training opportunities for youth, helping them to keep reaching for the stars and recognizing that anything is possible.

Also recognized at the awards ceremony was Ryan Stanley who worked this summer for Discover Goodwill.  For Ryan, this was a summer of hard work, setting goals and meeting them; a summer of learning new skills and growing as an employee.

The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt offers more than job opportunities.  It gives them the tools and self-confidence to be successful.  And although the program’s 34th year has come to a close, the services are provided year round.  The Pueblo Workforce Center offer workshops and counseling in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt.

Photos from the awards ceremony are available on request.

For immediate release

Date: October 3, 2014
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070