More than 25 local service organizations, including Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, participated in the 2024 Strive to Thrive Resource and Service Fair on January 23, 2024. Strive to Thrive is a bi-annual event hosted by the Douglas County Community of Care Network. The event is a resource fair comprised of multiple agencies and organizations that provide on-site resources and services for vulnerable residents of Douglas County.
Over 160 people attended this year’s event. Attendees were provided a hot meal and were able to learn where to access food, clothing, medical, and housing assistance. They were also able to learn about employment opportunities, how to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and many other supportive services.
The summer event usually happens in July. Follow Douglas County on X (formerly Twitter) for updates. You can also connect with one of our Career Services Advisors today if you need assistance with job search, resources, a referral for community support services, and much more!
Joshua is a veteran who was seeking employment. During a veteran’s hiring and resources event, he connected with the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! team. After hearing Joshua’s story, a Career Services Advisor referred him to Veteran Services. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Systems in May 2023 and hoped to get a job as a Project Manager.
Joshua and the Career Services Advisor met to review his resume, LinkedIn profile, where to search for jobs, interview skills, networking, and other job search tips. He utilized advice for his job search and updated his resume. He was also connected with a State Veteran Employment Representative and was referred to another veteran job fair. He attended the job fair and applied for a job as a project engineer. Joshua was streamlined through the hiring process and was successfully hired as a Senior Project Coordinator at Eaton.
After getting hired, Joshua wrote “Sincere thanks to you and your team…for the strong efforts you all make to connect [job] seekers with meaningful careers and training resources. I am confident that this opportunity would not have presented itself without you all doing such fantastic work!”
After two months in his new role, Joshua emailed about his experience saying, “I’m absolutely thrilled with my role and the way it has changed my life…I couldn’t be happier to have found this role through your services!”
Learn more about our Veteran Services.
Bridging the Skills Gap: How Career and Technical Education Prepares Colorado Students for the Workforce
Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month?
Getting ready for jobs can be a bit like solving a puzzle. Colorado, just like other places, has a challenge called the “skills gap.” This means there’s a difference between what skills companies need and what skills people have. Let’s explore how Colorado is using something special called Career and Technical Education (CTE) to help students bridge this gap and get ready for jobs.
The first quarter 2024 labor supply/demand report delivers a comprehensive overview of the employment landscape in the Metro Denver area. The report analyzes job hires, separations, and layoffs in the U.S. and Colorado, emphasizing trends like new unemployment trends claims and business applications. It sheds light on a labor supply deficit, featuring top hard skills, certifications, software skills, and companies in demand.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Rapid Response Team, and the City of Englewood hosted a job fair on December 14, 2023 for the 154 employees who were impacted by the Ouray Sportswear, LLC closure. About 63 employees attended the event and some were offered employment, which helped minimize the impact of the layoff.
This was the fourth job fair that Arapahoe/Douglas Works! co-hosted with City of Englewood in 2023.
Read the entire article from the Englewood Herald at https://bit.ly/3HrpRMk.
Thomas was referred to Arapahoe/Douglas Works! for the Colorado Works (TANF) Program due to being unemployed and needing support. As a single father, Thomas was eager to find a job and provide for his family. Although he was pursing work, he found it difficult to obtain employment due to being justice-involved. Thomas previously had a commercial driver’s license (CDL), but it was suspended. He hoped to reinstate his CDL and work as a driver again in the future.
During his participation in the Colorado Works Program, Thomas received job search assistance and supportive services such as transportation assistance and school clothing and school supplies for his children. He also received coaching support from a Workforce Specialist, which included completing career exploration assessments and workshops to enhance his job search skills.
With help from the Colorado Works Program, Thomas accomplished his goal of having his CDL reinstated. He was also supported in finding an employer that would be accepting of his justice-involved background. Ultimately, Thomas was able to secure a job earning $32.50 per hour as a full-time driver. With his new employment, Thomas is on a path to reach his goal of self-sufficiency.
Visit https://bit.ly/CWTANF to learn more about the Colorado Works (TANF) Program.
Thank you to CBS News Colorado for highlighting the services of A/D Works! and sharing Jose’s success story in finding employment. We are proud to serve job seekers and businesses in Arapahoe County and Douglas County to gain skills, understand the local labor market, connect with community resources, and meet their hiring or employment goals.
View the CBS News Colorado story.
The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) released the 2023 Talent Pipeline Report on Dec. 15, 2023. This tenth iteration of the Talent Pipeline Report analyzes and explains labor market information, highlights talent development strategies, and provides data-informed opportunities to enhance the talent pipeline in Colorado.
The Workforce Transformation Policy Council (WTPC) is a select group of
over 20 workforce development leaders convened by Jobs for the Future
(JFF) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). Its aim
is to identify policy changes that are needed to transform the U.S.
workforce development system, so it is better able to meet the complex
needs of todays and tomorrow’s labor market.