Connecting Talent With Opportunity

The Colorado Workforce System provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to find and keep jobs that pay enough to support them and their families, and to meet the talent needs of local businesses. Services range from basic career services to individualized career services and training, and include assistance such as:

  • A database of job openings, job referrals, and job fairs
  • Résumé assistance and help with interviewing skills
  • Skill assessments
  • Work-based learning such as paid internships and apprenticeships
  • Classroom training that results in new skills, credentials and licenses

The workforce system provides basic career services at no cost to the general public. Individualized and training services are provided to targeted groups such as adults who are low income or need specialized assistance, and dislocated workers who lost employment through no fault of their own.

If you are a job seeker or an employer seeking talent, visit: Connecting Colorado. 

2014-2015 Results

The data used to measure success are collected on an on-going basis for everyone served by the Colorado Workforce System. The factors below, Entered Employment, Job Retention, and Average Earnings, show the impact that the workforce system had during program year July 2014 – June 2015 for the general public, Adults, and Dislocated Workers.  

Entered employment rate

This rate refers to the percentage of individuals who find a job as a result of services provided through the workforce system.
General Public

62.04%

Adult Program

85.34%

Dislocated Worker Program

86.90%

Job Retention Rate

This rate refers to the percentage of individuals who are employed 6 months after they start a job.
General Public

82.02%

Adult Program

88.90%

Dislocated Worker Program

90.39%

Average Earnings

Average earnings refers to the average annual salary individuals earn after they find a job and start work.
General Public

$32,788

Adult Program

$39,304

Dislocated Worker Program

$43,330

Meet William

Meet William

Workforce Challenge
William is a 64-year-old jobseeker who has been actively looking for employment since he was laid off in January 2015. He has many years of work experience however he feels employers hesitate to hire him because of his age. While he feels that his greatest challenge is his age, he is determined to find work.

Workforce Solution
The Durango Workforce Center has been instrumental in helping William with his resumes, cover letters and navigating employer websites to apply for jobs as well as providing him with assistance copying, faxing and e-mailing applications. Staff was also there to give him positive feedback and encouragement during his job search.

Outcomes & Benefits
After approximately nine months of job searching, William obtained employment as a school bus driver for the Durango School District. He has remained positive, motivated and determined throughout his job search. He is very happy with the assistance the workforce center staff provided him.

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