Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership to benefit 593 unemployed individuals along Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope
Denver, CO -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $6.2 million Ready to Work Partnership grant to the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) to benefit long-term unemployed and underemployed populations along the Front Range and Western Slope. The grant will support and scale innovative collaborations between employers, educational institutions and federal job training programs to help connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.
The grant supports the launch of the Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership (TEC-P) project, a targeted industry sector initiative that will further build the state’s information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. The project will utilize an industry and employer-driven approach to develop an education and training career pathway, leading to employment in middle- to high-skilled jobs.
Areas to be served by the grant include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa and Weld counties.
“We’re proud to advance this regional effort to further develop our pipeline of talent, to connect the long-term unemployed with promising career paths in high-demand industries,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Thanks to the strong collaboration among government, industry and training partners, this regional project sets us up for increased success in recruiting for and boosting our labor force.”
The TEC-P grant application was led by the OED, which will serve as fiscal agent of the four-year project. The partnership consists of several organizations, including the Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance; Workforce Investment Boards serving Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer and Mesa counties; the Colorado Community College System and Western Colorado Community College; industry associations; employers within the IT and advanced manufacturing sectors; and additional training and other partners.
Approximately 45 percent of the long-term unemployed within the grant area hold a bachelor’s degree. The program will primarily target this population with intensive coaching and job training leading to certificates and credentials needed for employment in the targeted occupations.
The TEC-P project was one of 23 partnerships totaling $170 million in federal grants announced today.
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce.