By Kylie Parks, Arvada Chamber Director of Talent Pipeline Development
In August, we partnered with the Jeffco Business and Workforce Center and Jeffco Public Schools to launch our first Work-Based Learning Workshop. The focus of the workshop was to support businesses in exploring, engaging, and expanding work-based learning within their organization.
We had guest speakers, like Stephanie Mufic, Business Innovation and Strategy Unit Manager from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, who spoke to the businesses regarding Labor Law, and how it impacts a business program. Katie Ciaglo and Erin Young from the Colorado Workforce Development Council spoke about the various resources available to businesses including Connecting Colorado, and My Colorado Journey.
Heather Waldron, Assistant Director of Work-Based Learning at Jeffco Public Schools had the opportunity to speak about their Seamless Work-Based Learning platform, and how businesses can navigate internships within the High Schools, and general career fairs throughout the year working through their Career Links Team. Devon Reifsneider, Work-Based Learning Coordinator with the Jeffco Business and Workforce Center, highlighted the grants and programs available to businesses through their services.
We were also lucky enough to have a group of panelists come in to speak about their experiences running a program.
When we asked participants what their takeaways were from the workshop, attendees mentioned:
“Super educational. Extremely knowledgeable presenters and organizers.”
“This was SO incredible. This work can be done in the education sector.”
“I learned how to move forward with Internships and apply for the grant to get funding for Internship program.”
“Lots of opportunities I had no idea about!”
If you missed out on this round, have no fear, there will be more. In the meantime, please read through our Work-Based Learning Toolkit for an introduction to the terminology, data, roles, benefits and action steps of work-based learning.
We hope to see you at our next workshop!
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. Learn more about our talent challenges and work here.