Work-based Learning Resources

Building Competency-based Work-based Learning Programs

The following list contains resources that may be useful to those - business, education, workforce development - building competency-based work-based learning programs in Colorado. If you would like to be added to this list, please go to TalentFOUND and register as a charter affiliate

Business & Industry

Employer Engagement Toolkit
Employer Services
Home Builders Association - Colorado
Outdoor Industry Association
TechHire Employer Playbook
Tree Care Industry Association
WorkLife Partnership

Business & Industry, Human Resources

Human Resources Management
Society for Human Resource Management
Talent Investments Pay Off" Lumina Foundation
Talent Pipeline Strategy

Business & Industry, Sector Partnership
Colorado's Sector Partnership Directory
Colorado's  Sector Strategies
Creating and Sustaining a Sector Partnership
Next Gen Sector Partnerships

Business & Industry, Skills-Based Hiring

Innovate+Educate's Framework for competency-based hiring and advancement
Skillful for Employers

Business & Industry, Trade Associations

Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA)
Colorado Bankers Association
Colorado BioScience Association
Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council
Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA)
Colorado Contractors Association 
Colorado Hospital Association
Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association
Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA)
Colorado Photonics Industry Association
Colorado Restaurant Association
Colorado Space Business Roundtable
Colorado Space Coalition
Colorado Technology Association

Career Counseling

Colorado School Counselor Framework
Colorado Workforce Centers
VA Education and Career Counseling
Skillful Coaches / Career Services

Career Pathways Systems Building

Career Pathways Resources
National Career Pathways Technical Assistance Center Stakeholder Guidebook
Step-By-Step Guide to Building Career Pathways
Tech Talent Forum Report

Competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities)

Competency Model Clearing House
Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning

Credentials / Certification

Approved Programs for K12 Career Success HB1289
Colorado Succeeds
Industry Certifications Database
Northeastern-IBM Digital Badging


College Scorecard
Census Data
Cluster Mapping
Colorado LMI dashboard
Colorado LMI Gateway
Colorado Talent Pipeline Reports
Colorado TalentFOUND Dashboard
Data Pipeline
National Center of Education Statistics – IPEDS
Opportunity Index
Postsecondary Data

Design Thinking

More Creative By Design

Economic Development

Colorado Association of Regional Organizations
Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Education - Adult

Adult Career Pathways from CORD
Adult Education Initiatives
Community Education Outreach
GED Resources
The Center for Education Attainment and Innovation
Adult Education Services Overview
Adult Education Program Site Map
Integrated Education and Training (IET) Overview
IET Checklist
National IET Examples
IET Community College of Denver
IET Pikes Peak Consortium
IET Emily Griffith Technical College
Transitional Education Example-Colorado Mountain College
Workforce Training Definitions

Education - Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Advance CTE
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
Business and Industry Advisory Handbook
Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Authorization/Credential
Colorado Career Tech Student Associations (CTSO)

Education - K12

Advanced Placement
ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment)
ASPIRE Colorado
Blended and Online Learning
Bureau of Indian Education
Center for Education Reform
Colorado Association of School Boards
Colorado Association of School Executives
Colorado Charter Schools 
Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
Colorado Education Association
Colorado Education Initiative
Colorado GEAR UP
Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS)
Colorado non-public Schools
Colorado Professional Learning
Colorado School Grades
Colorado Schools Serving Military Families.
Colorado State Board of Education
Colorado Succeeds
Cores Knowledge
District and School Support
Education Training Voucher for Foster Youth
Every Student Succeeds Act
Graduation Guidelines
Great Schools Colorado
High School Equivalency Testing Program
Homeless Education
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Menu of College and Career-Ready Demonstrations
Migrant Education Program
National Character Education Center (NCEC)
National Endowment for Finance Education
National Parent Teacher Association
Next Generation Learning
Parents Education Network (PEN)
Special Education Program and Services
U.S. Department of Education
WBL Incubator for K-12 in CO

Education - STEM

Colorado First
Colorado STEM Champions
Colorado STEM Resources and Roadmap
Colorado STEMworks Database
MindSpark Learning
STEM Diploma
Stem for Colorado
The Connectory

Education - Postsecondary

American Council on Education (ACE)
Benefits" GI Bill - Get Started
CBE Focus Magazine
CCCS- Concurrent Enrollment
CCCS- Transfers and Articulations
CDHE-Community Partners
Choosing a Vocational School
College Board
College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT)
College In Colorado
College Level Examination Program
College Opportunity Fund (COF) Stipend
College Track
Colorado Challenge
Colorado Community College System
Colorado Community Colleges Online
Colorado Cyberschools Association
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Colorado Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)
Colorado First & Existing Industry (CFEI) grant program
Colorado Opportunity Fund
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Colorado Postsecondary Readiness
Complete College Colorado
Connecting Credentials Competency Framework
Degrees and Certificates Offered
Denver Education Attainment Network
Higher Education
I’m First
List of all private" public and private occupation schools in Colorado
Local District Community Colleges
Lumina Foundation
Measuring Student Success
Retail Management Certificate
Search colleges and universities
Strive for College
Transfer Degrees
Two Year and Community Colleges
Where We Work Colorado

Job Board

Connecting Colorado

Supportive Services

Aunt Bertha
Colorado WORKS
Family Friendly Workplace Tools
State Services

Talent Development

Colorado Workforce Development Council
Governor's Dashboard
Managing the Talent Pipeline Gap


Am I Job Ready
Pearson Vue
SkillsEngine: Get Calibrated

Work-based Learning

BEL Commission
CA Work-based Learning Report
CAEL Council on Adult and Experiential Learning 
Chicago Public Schools Work-based Learning
Guide to Work-based Learning
NY P-TECH Work-based Learning Guide
Scaling Up Work Experience Programs: Policy and Practice Choices for Colorado - a paper commissioned by the Colorado Workforce Development Council and written by Lindsey Woolsey of the Woolsey Group, LLC
TN Work-based Learning Implementation Guide
Work-based Learning Policy 50-state Scan
Working While Learning
Workplace Learning Report

Work-based Learning - Career Awareness & Exploration

Careers in Colorado
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Career Action Tool 
Colorado Career Development Association
DPS CareerConnect
Girls in the Middle (SE Colorado)
Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)
Launch My Career
My Next Move
My Path by Manpower
Student Paths
Why you will fail to have a great career" Larry Smith
Work Act Grant
Teacher Externship

Work-based Learning - Apprenticeship

ATTRA - A National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program
Boilermaker Lodge 101
Build Colorado -Listing of Construction Apprenticeships
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE)
Colorado Chefs Association Apprenticeship Program
Colorado Home Building Academy
Colorado Mountain Culinary Apprenticeship
Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Youth Conservation Corps
Colorado Springs Utilities Apprenticeship
Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee
Hand of Man Studio
IECRM Apprenticeship
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Rocky Mountain Chapter
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #12
Ironworkers Apprenticeship
Lake Dillon Theatre Apprenticeship
Local Harvest 
Local Union #58 Plumbers" Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians 
Outsideline Apprenticeship Program
Pagette Electric 
Plumbers Local 3
Plumbing Apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship CO
Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor Database
Registered Apprenticeship
RK Mechanical Apprenticeship Program
Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado Apprenticeship Program 
Salida High School Career Program video
Swiss Apprenticeship Model video
Swiss Apprenticeship Model
Techtonic Academy
The Fly Fisher Guide Service 
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc
WGA Strategies to Expand Youth Apprenticeships Webinar

Work-based Learning - Credit for Prior Work

Colorado Community College System 
CSU Global's Program
CTU's Program

Work-based Learning - Employee Development

Upskill America

Work-based Learning - Internship

Innovative Industries Internship
Student Internships

Work-based Learning - Mentoring

Architecture Engineering Construction Mentoring
Big Brother Big Sister
Colorado Youth at Risk
Mentor Colorado
Million Women Mentors
Partners Mentoring Youth
Save Our Youth Mentoring

Work-based Learning - On The Job Training

Colorado Department of Transportation - On the Job Training

Work-based Learning - Pre-Apprenticeship

Central Colorado AHEC (Area Health Education Centers)
Construction Careers Now

Work-based Learning - Project-based Learning

HighTech Elementary PBL

Work-based Learning - Workstudy

Work Study


Autism Society of America
Autism Speaks
Administration for Community Living
American Disabilities Act National Network
Association for Persons in Supported Employment
Blind Institute of Technology
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
Job Accommodation Network
LEAD Center
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT)
PEAK Parent Center
Programs for People with Disabilities
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Spring Institute
Administration of Aging
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) - Colorado
ACE’s Military Programs
Department of Labor" America’s Heroes at Work
Veteran’s Employment Toolkit
Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO)
Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative
Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative Report
Training for Youth
Youthbuild USA

Workforce Development
CareerOneStop Business Center
Colorado Unemployment
Workforce Development Boards
Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA)
Colorado Worker’s Compensation
Colorado Workforce Center - Rural Consortium
Colorado Workforce Centers
American Job Centers Finder
AmericaSucceeds Future of Work
Building the Healthcare Worker Pipeline
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Workforce Investment Works
National Association of State Workforce Agencies/NLx

2017 Sectors Summit Presentations

2017 Sectors Summit Materials

2017 Sectors Summit Regional Report Outs

The Sectors Summit included Economic Development Regional team time. During this time business, workforce, and education partners met to discuss work-based learning priorities for their region. Below are the notes for each session. These documents have been uploaded in a downloadable Microsoft word format so that participants can download and edit their region's document. If you would like a new version uploaded, please email the updated document to