2018 Celebration of Excellence in Apprenticeship

Nov. 20, 2018 - On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Governor’s Residence, 19 individuals and organizations were honored for their contributions to apprenticeships in Colorado. The CWDC sponsored the event in partnership with CDLE, CDHE, and CareerWise Colorado in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 12-18.

To kick off the event, leaders from each of the host organizations discussed the future of work and learning in Colorado, highlighting the benefits apprenticeships can have for apprentices, employers, and Colorado’s workforce as a whole. The speakers also emphasized Colorado’s role as a leader in advancing work-based learning and showcasing how collaboration across the talent development network can drive forward opportunities for the state. “Business and higher education are working together to create 21st century learning opportunities,” said CDHE Executive Director Dan Baer, “and it’s putting Colorado on the front lines of the future.”

Award recipients were then introduced and recognized for their involvement with apprenticeships. The honorees included outstanding apprentices as well as educators, business leaders, and workforce professionals who have advanced apprenticeships in Colorado. Eight outstanding apprentices were honored, including in-school youth, opportunity youth, and adult apprentices. Four employers were recognized for their apprenticeship programs, and seven additional organizations or partnerships received special recognition for supporting, growing, and championing apprenticeship opportunities in the state. Learn more about the honorees

Congratulations to all the award recipients, and thank you for your commitment to growing apprenticeships in Colorado!

Outstanding Youth Apprentices

Aldrin Feliciano - EKS&H

Reade Webb - Arrow Electronics

Margaret Houser - Nordson Medical

Isaiah Virgil - HomeAdvisor

Outstanding Apprentices

Ralph Left Hand Bull - Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship

Kourtney Brewer - Stolle Machinery

Victoria Garcia - Centura Health

Reshee Aghi - The Master’s Apprentice

Outstanding Employers

Pinnacol Assurance

Geotech Environmental Equipment

RK Mechanical


Special Recognition

Denver Public Schools CareerConnect

Colorado Community College System

Colorado Workforce System

Southwest Colorado Healthcare Sector Partnership

The Mesa County Workforce Center/Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Collaborative

Pueblo Electrical JATC

Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership & Centura Health

Representatives from the Colorado Community College System accept their award for Special Recognition