Workforce Development Month to Offer a Variety of Events to Move Colorado Forward
Annual focus on job growth and business development now into its second decade.
(DENVER) -- Governor John Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring September as Workforce Development Month in Colorado.
During the next four weeks, state and county run employment offices called Workforce Centers will partner with the Department of Labor and Employment to spotlight a variety of services and resources available to the state’s 2.7 million men and women in the state’s labor force and the 170,000 Colorado businesses that hire them.
Workforce Development Month began modestly in 2004 with a handful of events. Now starting its second decade, the annual series of events has grown to include a wide array of workshops, open houses, hiring events (both in person and online), employer seminars and more.
Throughout September, Colorado’s Workforce Centers will be teaming with the Department of Labor and Employment to offer these events , including:
Job Fairs and Hiring Events: Hiring events will take place each week in Longmont, Boulder, Denver and other cities. Employment Services of Weld County will host a job fair for people interested in exploring careers with the region’s burgeoning oil and gas industry and a “virtual” job fair is going on now through September 15 online, offering job opportunities related to Colorado’s ski industry. Job seekers need to simply register at www.connectingcolorado.com to gain entry.
Special Events: In the weeks ahead, Workforce Centers in Durango, Cortez, Walsenburg, Trinidad and Monte Vista will hold Customer Appreciation Day Open Houses and the newly opened Southeast Workforce Center in La Junta will have its Grand Opening on September 10.
Presentations and Symposiums: On September 5, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will hold the First Annual State of The Workforce presentation. This free event will feature a keynote address by futurist Thomas Frey. For more information or to RSVP, call 719-383-3191.
The Larimer County Workforce Center will hold its annual Workforce Symposium at Embassy Suites in Loveland which will focus on critical strategies and tools to find local solutions to global issues. This event will also be combined with the largest business-to-business show in the region.
New Website Official Launch: In September, the Department of Labor and Employment will officially launch the redesign of its website (colorado.gov/cdle). The new design is fresh and modern with a more responsive interface, making navigation easier particularly on mobile devices. The new site features a calendar of events, video content and a new “labor statistics” page which highlights data from the Office of Labor Market Information.
The Workforce of the Future: Construction Career Days will give high school students in the Denver area opportunities to explore the construction trades. In late September, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt will conclude its 34th season with an awards reception to honor the exemplary teens and the great businesses that hired them this summer.
These are just some of the many events taking place in September. Workforce Development Month will showcase how the Department of Labor and Employment and Workforce Centers across Colorado can help businesses and workers succeed. A full calendar of events is available at the Department of Labor and Employment’s website, www.colorado.gov/cdle. Events will also be posted to Facebook (facebook.com/ColoradoLabor) and Twitter (twitter.com/ColoradoLabor).
It is a time to focus on creating a stronger and more competitive Colorado. In his proclamation, Governor Hickenlooper notes that “breaking down the barriers that keep people from following their dreams and reaching their goals is critically important if Colorado is to remain economically robust and globally competitive.” Workforce Development Month provides an opportunity for Colorado’s workers and entrepreneurs to focus on those dreams.
For immediate release
Date: September 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