By Kylie Parks, Arvada Chamber Director of Talent Pipeline Development
On Thursday, January 11th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Red Rocks Community College, Jeffco Business and Workforce Center, Jeffco Public Schools, and the Colorado Apprenticeship Hub hosted 30 employers for a Work-Based Learning Workshop. This one-day GROW Jeffco event gave attendees a detailed overview of how they can explore, engage, and expand in work-based learning opportunities for their organization.
The goal of the workshop is to increase the number of employers participating in work-based learning opportunities across Jefferson County and connect more career explorers to these experiences. The workshop focused on bringing resources together in one space for employers to learn best practices to implement work-based learning opportunities and connect to the best resources to support their needs. Employers had space to outline their objectives and start mapping out their plans during the session. Some employers had already started their programming, and others were just starting to think through their plan. Programming ranged from new apprenticeship programs, to simply getting more interns.
Employers also heard from employers who have already launched programs, including Mountain Vista, Barber Nichols, and Wild & Aware. Each partner had a break-out room to work more one-on-one with employers and go into details regarding their session.
Attendees said the workshop offered “extremely helpful resources” and they felt “very fulfilled with the training.”
Qualified Colorado employers who attended this session and finalized a work-based learning plan will be able to get reimbursed through the Work-Based Learning Incentive Program.
If you want to learn more about this work, please join our next virtual employer info session on January 18th, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. You can register for all future info sessions here.
What is GROW Jeffco?
G.R.O.W. stands for Get Ready for Opportunities at Work. This is a Jefferson County Colorado workforce readiness collaborative focused on convening business, education, and community partners around Work-Based Learning strategies. Our goal is to align resources (i.e. funding, training, consulting, employment placement, etc.) for your business to create sustainable employment opportunities and business growth.
B.O.L.D. 2026 is a five-year regional economic strength and resiliency initiative of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber developed BOLD 2026 in consultation with private and public sector leaders and partners in Arvada, Jefferson / Adams Counties, Metro Denver and the state of Colorado. One goal of B.O.L.D. 2026 is to grow our talent to meet the needs of employers and job seekers.