Colorado's WORK Act Grantees Announced

Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced eight recipients of the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, Key Training Act – the “WORK Act,” designed to increase the awareness of and enrollment in Colorado’s skilled worker training programs.

This fifth grant cycle includes a diverse group of organizations including a medical assistant training nonprofit and a consortium that promotes and supports the teacher talent pipeline.

Since inception in 2015, over $10 million has been awarded in 31 grants to skilled worker training providers in the Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Service, Health and Wellness, Infrastructure Engineering (Construction), Technology and Information, Tourism (Culinary) and Transportation and Logistics industries.

“The success of the WORK Act program is evident in the life-changing experiences many of these students have had,” said Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “We are helping to connect this new labor force with a diverse group of partners and providers in key industries across Colorado.”

Grantees have reported impressive outcomes from the program to date; more than 56,000 engagements with potential trainee/students, more than 12,000 enrollments with nearly 7000 completions and more than 4,000 students employed.

Target audiences for outreach, as required by the legislation include populations typically underrepresented in their industry, veterans, youth, dislocated workers, justice involved individuals and residents of neighborhoods impacted by large infrastructure projects in Denver. Programs must offer a credential, industry or state-recognized certificate, associates degree, professional license or similar to program "completers."

Past grantee successes include curriculum changes to meet industry need, additional certificates offered, program expansion to new communities, increased industry partnerships and sustainability plans to continue the WORK Act efforts.

WORK Act Grant Recipients

Associate General Contractors of Colorado $435,000
Emily Griffith Technical College $701,974
Careers in Construction Colorado $794,614.47
Work Options for Women $217,696
Mi Casa $165,354
TEACH Colorado $316,434
The Master's Apprentice $278,750
National Institute for Medical Assistants $272,788.32