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Case Study: Eastern Colorado Wind Energy Partnership

Convened by the Eastern Colorado Workforce Region, the Eastern Colorado Wind Energy Partnership covers a 25 county area. This region of the state possesses optimal wind resources which offer substantial economic and job growth opportunities. However, there has been a lack of communication with the wind energy industry regarding the quality of the existing workforce in the region, and as a result most of the current workforce is imported from other states. In addition, current training opportunities in the area are limited.

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Case Study: Weld Adams Sustainable Manufacturing Alliance

This partnership is co-convened by Upstate Colorado Economic Development and Brighton Economic Development. They originally received a planning grant, and employer surveys conducted during that phase revealed that many employers are implementing aspects of sustainable manufacturing, but many do not pursue sustainability according to rigorous standards or categories of work.

Case Study - Southwest/Western Colorado Health Care Initiative

The Southwest Colorado Workforce Center has launched a sector partnership to address healthcare industry challenges in recruitment and retention. Geography is a challenge in recruitment, and higher skilled positions are difficult to fill. The industry reports high turnover due to burnout and strong competition from other industries.

Case Study - Get Into Water! Partnership

In Metro Denver, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! (the local workforce board) received a grant to help the water and wastewater industry. This industry sector has a widely accepted and recognized workforce need - a huge retirement wave coming up and a very low awareness by younger people of the career opportunities in the sector.

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Case Study - Northwest/Western Colorado Healthcare Partnership

The Mesa County Workforce Center has long had the healthcare industry as a targeted sector. Ten years ago the long term health care industry approached them for help in creating a career ladder to move CNAs into careers in more skilled nursing positions (LPN, RN). Following that work, and continuing to listen to the needs of employers, they helped establish a career ladder for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and cross-walked this to the CNA ladder to create a larger career lattice.

Case Study - Foothills Energy Partnership

The Foothills Energy Partnership (FEP) represents the culmination of several years of work to identify shared workforce issues among renewable energy companies. During the summer of 2009, Jefferson County Workforce Center (JCWFC) and Workforce Boulder County (WFBC) commissioned a study of renewable energy employers operating within their Workforce Investment regions with SECTORS planning grant funds.

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Case Study - Pueblo Manufacturing Coordination

The Manufacturing Coordination partnership is convened by the Pueblo Workforce Region in Colorado. The focus of the initiative is the manufacturing sector in Southern Colorado, with an emphasis on intermediate and high level technical and professional skills development, specifically in the electrical and mechanical maintenance, quality assurance, and operational efficiency occupations.

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