Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Sectors Summit Registration Deadline Extended to Oct. 6

In Colorado we are accelerating our work toward creating world-class, industry-led, competency-based talent development systems to provide businesses with skilled talent and individuals with meaningful employment. By 2020, 74% of the jobs in Colorado will require some form of postsecondary education. Join 1,000 business and community leaders in asking, “How might we triple the number of quality work-based learning opportunities in Colorado?”

Help take these efforts to the next level at the TalentFOUND Sectors Summit; working alongside top state leadership including Executive Directors Kim Hunter-Reed, Ellen Golombek, Stephanie Copeland, and Commissioner Katy Anthes.
If you are a Colorado business, state or local organization, community based organization, or any other entity in Colorado working to serve students, job seekers, workers, or businesses, you are invited to join us as a PARTNER in the Colorado talent development network: TalentFOUND, and receive a 50% discount off registration! Be sure to select a partner category when registering.
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Join Lt. Governor Donna Lynne; CEOs from manufacturing, healthcare, IT, finance, construction, and more in deepening business-education partnerships. The talent shortage is real, together we can create real solutions for skilled talent and great careers. 

Lodging note: Please remember to book your rooms as soon as possible, whether you have registered yet or not. Also, consider taking advantage of the excellent room rate by booking an extra day or two preceding or following the conference to enjoy Keystone.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper kicked off the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative workshop last week by highlighting Colorado’s employment growth has a flip side: the labor pool is tight and businesses find it hard to access the talent that they need. Governor Hickenlooper and WGA Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard shared how their states have found new ways to keep building their workforces to match employers' needs.

The Colorado Workforce Development Council served as a co-host of the event on behalf of Governor Hickenlooper. CWDC members and staff participated on panels covering topics such as industry-led workforce development initiatives, Colorado’s model for public-private partnerships, and strengthening industry leadership for talent.

View presentations and panels via the Western Governors’ Association’s YouTube channel.

The CWDC is working in partnership with Colorado Community College System (CCCS) during the next nine months to develop career pathways in cyber security and business operations. Data on the top jobs in these fields is currently being analyzed to assess the specific demand in Colorado and the competencies necessary to perform each role successfully.
To ensure this information is accurate and useful for Colorado, we need your help. Sector partnerships, businesses, and industry representatives are invited to participate in regional forums to vet the data being collected. Participating regions will get a specialized report on their regional career pathways. If you are interested in taking part, please let us know through this form. Events will take place between December 2017 and March 2018.

Please note that the business operations pathway will include management and analyst positions as well as office and administrative support. If any of those roles are critical to your company, please join us.

This year, the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and local areas collaborated to create a Colorado definition of a high-performing workforce development board. The goal of this work was to ensure all local workforce development boards are set up for success under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA requires state boards to identify and disseminate information on best practices for the development of local boards.

To create a well-informed definition, local board members were asked to participate in a three-question survey, resulting in the below definition:

A high-performing local workforce development board is a local workforce development board
  1. made up of diverse and knowledgeable community members,
  2. who actively participate in board meetings and activities supporting the local workforce system,
  3. serve as liaisons between the community and the local workforce center, and
  4. accomplishes goals and strategic priorities through business-led meetings as demonstrated by the data.
Following the consensus approval of the definition by the CWDC, key performance indicators were identified to measure the success of workforce boards in our state. On August 25, the CWDC voted to approve the measures identified within the full report. Review the full report here.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and everyone is encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Everyone plays an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month. Find out more coming in October at or follow the CDLE Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on Twitter and Facebook.
Nominate a Shining Star of Voc Rehab by Oct. 13

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and it’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are accepting nominations for awards to be presented in October as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The awards program will celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities, the businesses that hire workers with disabilities, and the community partners who advocate on their behalf.

The awards will honor five workers with disabilities; five employers who have taken steps to provide employment opportunities to persons with disabilities; and five individuals (may be a DVR employee) or organizations that make a positive and ongoing impact on the quality of life of people with disabilities.

If you know a worker who has reached a goal or taken important strides toward self-sufficiency and independence; if you know a business or an individual or organization that has made a noteworthy contribution to the quality of life of people with a disability, this is an opportunity to recognize those achievements. Please complete the nomination form by October 13.
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Dr. Ursula Renold stands at a podium presenting to the group.
Become a TalentFOUND Charter Affiliate

We are excited to welcome our new TalentFOUND charter affiliates - Academy District 20, Jobber Group, Southwestern Colorado AHEC, Colorado Springs School District 11, and SOPE.

TalentFOUND, the Colorado talent development network, comprises all the systems, partners, programs, and initiatives offering services to ensure that students, job seekers, and workers have access to meaningful careers, and employers have access to skilled talent.

Any organization that is part of the Colorado talent development network — such as a workforce center, industry association, school district, business, state agency, or nonprofit — can become a charter affiliate of TalentFOUND.

Charter affiliates are recognized with their logo on the TalentFOUND website, are given access to the affiliate communications toolkit with brand guidelines, content, and templates, have the opportunity to give input on the further development of brand messaging and tools, and can ensure their information is up-to-date in the TalentFOUND database. There is no monetary fee to become a charter affiliate at this time. Charter affiliates are asked to advocate for TalentFOUND, use TalentFOUND branding for benefit of network and within brand guidelines.

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