Workforce Center in Elizabeth Moving to Kiowa

For Immediate Release

Date: March 3, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303)318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303)318-8003

(Kiowa) - The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has announced it is relocating the Elizabeth Workforce Center from 240 Elizabeth Street in the town of Elizabeth to offices just a little more than seven miles east in the town of Kiowa.

The Workforce Center will close March 8 as furniture and IT equipment is moved and will be open for business at 75 Ute Avenue in Kiowa on Thursday, March 16.  The phone number will change to 720-639-5859.

No major disruption of services is expected during the eight days of the relocation.  During that time, employers and job seekers should contact the Fort Morgan Workforce Center at 970-867-9401 or post job openings and do a self-directed job search at

The new Kiowa Workforce Center will be co-located with the Elbert County Department of Human Services, says Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment which operates the Workforce Center.  “The Department of Human Services shares our commitment to strengthening the region’s quality of life so co-locating with them is a perfect fit.”

“The new location will allow us to more effectively balance resources in partnership with Elbert County Human Services and provide coordinated services for both employers and job seekers,” explains Eastern Region Workforce Center Director Dawn Garcia.  She says that hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and adds that an open house is tentatively planned for the afternoon of March 31st.

The Kiowa Workforce Center will be part of the Eastern Workforce Region which also includes Workforce Centers in Fort Morgan, Burlington, Elizabeth, Limon, Yuma and Sterling.  Satellite offices are open on a part-time schedule in Akron, Holyoke, Julesburg and Wray.

While the Kiowa Workforce Center is part of a statewide network of employment and training offices, it is also very much a part of the community in which it operates.  Businesses across Elbert County will continue to play an active role in ensuring that the Workforce Center is meeting their needs.

Employers can turn to the Workforce Center for customized recruiting, screening of skilled applicants, on-the-job training incentives, assistance with tax credits and information on employment law.  For job seekers, the Kiowa Workforce Center will provide the tools to get ahead and build a better future.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the people of Elbert County,” Garcia says.  “We want the citizens of Elizabeth to know that the same services we have provided them in the past will continue to be provided at our new location.”