In a true regional collaboration, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and The Weld Trust, in partnership with Colorado Succeeds, proudly announce the public release of the Northern Colorado K20 Pathways to Employment report.
Drafted in response to current and anticipated workforce development challenges, the report outlines what programs and resources exist for learners in Northern Colorado and identifies potential opportunities to support them in achieving career and post-secondary success.
The report recognizes proactive workforce development as critical to the long-term vitality of Northern Colorado.
The K20 Pathways to Employment report considers insights from stakeholder interviews with school districts, higher education institutions, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, Employment Services of Weld County, and key regional employers.
Notable takeaways include:
• The Northern Colorado workforce ecosystem is poised to accelerate and scale more efficient
and effective pathways to employment.
• Stakeholders are engaged and motivated to continue strengthening partnerships to improve
and expand career-based learning opportunities.
• A regional approach is needed to ensure talent pipelines are responsive to labor market
demands, programs are built with equity and access in mind, and resources are shared beyond
school, district, higher education, and municipal boundaries.
The report states the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and The Weld Trust are well-positioned to convene, activate, and guide key regional stakeholders across the talent continuum. Funding to support further investment in pathways to employment efforts will be explored across public and private sources as opportunities arise. These three organizations will host a public meeting Friday, January 20 to discuss findings from the report in greater detail, discuss regional priorities, and provide an update on regional efforts to implement recommendations. The time and venue of this event are to-be-determined. More information will be released in the coming weeks.