Statewide Subject Matter Expert Team

 

The Statewide Subject Matter Expert Team provides seamless technical assistance and/or expertise to sector partnerships, trade associations, and other business led entities’ talent development initiatives.

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Meet The Team

David Griffin Colorado Workforce Rural Consortium

Expertise:

Workforce Development Services/Programs

David Griffin is the Project Manager for the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (CRWC). Projects include CORE team member for Region 1 Manufacturing and Region 5 Healthcare Partnerships; CRWC lead for the Statewide Business Services and Career Services Alignment initiatives; and CRWC lead for all Workforce Center co-location efforts throughout the Rural Consortium. Before joining the CRWC, David was involved in workforce development with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services as the Administrator of the Employment Services Division. David holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

 

Thomas Hartman, Ph.D. Colorado Workforce Development Council

Expertise:  

Adult Education

Higher Education

Career Pathway Building

Skills-Based Hiring

Work-Based Learning Strategies

 

 

Thomas Hartman is the talent development coordinator for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Thomas is central to moving forward sector partnerships and career pathways as key strategies for the implementation of state and federal legislation. Thomas plays a key role in developing a statewide career pathways framework and specifically identified career pathways with input provided by staff liaisons and partners. As a 20-year transplant Coloradan, Thomas cares deeply about advancing opportunities for Colorado residents. Prior to his current position, Thomas worked in the Colorado Community College System, where he developed transfer and articulation agreements. Thomas brings more than 20 years’ experience in higher education leadership, administration, and teaching. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, Ph.D. Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

 

Expertise:

Adult Education

Workforce Development Services/Programs

Work-Based Learning Strategies

Career Pathway Building

Apprenticeships

 

Jennifer Jiruos-Rapp is the Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. She has a background in education, workforce development, and project and systems management. Her experience includes serving as a faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College, state-level Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Director supporting STEM and Arts programs and leading efforts for increasing participation of underrepresented populations; and State Programs and Pathways Manager at the Colorado Department of Education managing the Adult Education and Literacy Grant. Jennifer has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, an M.B.A, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy.

 

 

Jennifer Scilacci Colorado Deparment of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

 

Expertise:    

Workforce Development Services/Programs

Hiring People With Disabilities

 

Jennifer Scilacci is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. Having worked in a variety of roles in the disability employment field since 1996, she has the vision and ability to nurture relationships with individuals, community partners, and employers to lead to long term success. Jennifer is proud to work for CO DVR where she has been employed since 2000. She currently manages the Self-Employment, Supported Employment, and the Business Outreach Programs for DVR.  She serves on the SILC and the Rural Consortium Workforce Boards. She is lucky enough to live in Steamboat Springs with her husband and dog.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Sidders Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    

Expertise:    

Workforce Development Services/Programs

Work-Based Learning Strategies

Skills-Based Hiring

Career Pathway Building

 

Jeff Sidders is a Business Outreach Specialist for State of Colorado’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which is part of the Department of Labor and Employment. He is passionately committed to assisting the career success of those who have faced a challenge or two in life, as well as the vitality of the local business community. He partners with all aspects of the State’s Talent Development ecosystem (eg Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, Industry, and Government partners), and is expert in candidate placement, as well as crafting work based learning solutions that both develop and retain the right talent.

 

 

Jenny Smith Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative, Colorado Workforce Development Council

 

Expertise:

Work-Based Learning Strategies

Opportunity Youth

 

Jenny Smith is the talent pipeline liaison for the Opportunity Youth Initiative. In her role, she works collaboratively with local foundations, public agencies, education, community-based organizations, business, and workforce centers to build an effective career pathway system that includes work-based learning opportunities for youth. Previously, Jenny worked as a WIOA youth supervisor for Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Center. Jenny brings more than seven years of experience working with opportunity youth in educational, workforce, and correctional settings.

 

 


Join the Team

We’re looking for more members to join and build capacity to the Statewide Subject Matter Expert team. If your role allows you to support statewide work, and you’d like to help business led entities in Colorado with their talent development initiatives, please fill out the application at the link below and send to CWDC@state.co.us.

 

Application

 

As a member of the SME team you will:

  • Be highlighted on the Statewide Talent SME webpage
  • Receive requests, managed by the CWDC, from business led entities
  • Have the right to decline projects/requests based on capacity
  • Have the opportunity to attend professional development trainings
  • Be recognized as a first point of contact for conference needs/requests
 

You are asked to:

  • Accept two projects or requests annually
  • Attend quarterly check-in calls with the state team
  • Send a report to the CWDC when the project or request is active and finalized for tracking purposes