The Colorado Workforce Development Council

Statewide promoter and supporter of regional industry led partnerships, the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), is a public-private partnership of business, economic development, education, workforce development and government at the local, regional and state levels.

Every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality.

The mission of the Colorado Workforce Development Council is to create a business-focused workforce system that effectively helps to prepare Coloradans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Council accomplishes this by aligning the efforts of economic development, education/training, workforce development, government and business stakeholders at the local, regional and state levels. We convene partners, leverage resources and work to remove communication and regulatory barriers in order to help businesses create jobs, retain jobs and access a highly competitive workforce.

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The work of the Colorado Workforce Development Council is in close collaboration with our partners, and we thank them for their partnerships:

OEDIT - Office of Economic Development & International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, OEDIT strives to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.

OEDIT assists in:

  • Building a strong public-private approach on a statewide basis for economic development activities
  • Monitoring economic conditions throughout the state and strengthening regional economies
  • Supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Increasing quality job creation by expanding and attracting businesses
  • Maintaining Colorado’s diverse economic base by retaining existing jobs through responsive programs and a supportive business climate
  • Positioning Colorado as a global leader in key industries, such as tourism, aerospace, bioscience and renewable energy
  • Assisting the state’s economy, while preserving quality of life

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CDLE - Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

Today, the work of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is more critical than ever. This Department provides the information and tools that are helping Colorado businesses and workers remain competitive.

Vision Statement: Quality and excellence in all we do.

Mission Statement: To protect and promote the integrity and vitality of Colorado’s employment environment.

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CCCS - The Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education. Its career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges serve more than 162,000 students annually. In addition, CCCS oversees 1200 secondary and 800 postsecondary career and technical programs in more than 150 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions across the state.

Mission Statement: To provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.

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CDE - Colorado Department of Education

As a dynamic service agency, CDE provides leadership, resources, support, and accountability to the state’s 178 school districts, 1,780 schools, and over 130,000 educators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state’s approximately 840,000 public school students.
CDE is responsible for implementing state and federal education laws, disbursing state and federal funds, holding schools and districts accountable for performance, licensing all educators, and providing public transparency of performance and financial data.

Vision Statement: All students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a globally competitive workforce.

Mission Statement: The mission of CDE is to shape, support, and safeguard a statewide education system that prepares all students for success in a globally competitive world.

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CDHE - Colorado Department of Higher Education

By coordinating policy and state resources for the state’s 28 public institutions as well as several hundred proprietary schools and overseeing two key loan programs, the Department seeks to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Coloradans. The Department helps bring cultural and artistic education opportunities to citizens in each of Colorado’s 64 counties.

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CDHS - Colorado Department of Human Services

The Colorado Department of Human Services serves Colorado’s most vulnerable populations; more than 3,500 department staff work in shifts providing care and supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our commitment is being “people who help people.”

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