Project 9. Fuse Impact Center Workforce Training


Workforce has become the worldwide currency of the 21st Century. In today’s global economy, employers have more choices than ever. If one industrial commons fails to provide the necessary skills to get the job done, a company can easily take their work elsewhere, whether that is across state lines or across oceans. In this worldwide competitive market, it is not enough for public education to provide students with academic training. The time has come for industries to invest in youth apprenticeships and internships by collaborating with educators and introduce day-to-day business strategies to these students.

The FourFront Project has developed and implemented a systematic program that entrenches industry in the education system. Through this effort known now as CareerWise Colorado (formerly known as BASIC (Business and Schools in Collaboration)), our manufacturing facilities, our offices, and our laboratories have become classrooms providing industry specific vocational training using the machines, tools and processes that industry uses daily.

CareerWise Colorado is already changing the lives of students and has positively impacted several manufacturers as well as other Advanced Industries throughout Colorado. There are currently 19 manufacturers who are participating in CareerWise apprenticeships (11 in Denver Metro area, 5 in Grand Junction, and 3 in Fort Collins). In total, there is a commitment to 42 apprenticeships this year with plans to have over 250 apprentices by the end of the year. CareerWise plans to grow up to 20,000 youth apprenticeships by 2026.

Learn more about Careerwise Colorado at www.careerwisecolorado.org.

Accomplishments:

  • There are currently 19 manufacturers who are participating in CareerWise apprenticeships (11 in Denver Metro area, 5 in Grand Junction, and 3 in Fort Collins).
  • Partnership with Linked-In and Markle Foundation.
  • Creation of Governor’s Business Experiential Learning Commission. Noel Ginsburg, former chairman of CAMA, is chairman of the Commission.
  • Strategic trip to Switzerland to understand, learn and create Colorado apprenticeship program.

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