The Weld Trust is awarding grants to create a stronger workforce in Weld County. These grants focus on programs benefitting youth and young adults, as well as adults looking to reskill or upskill. Three of the recent workforce development grants were awarded to the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado, Jobs of Hope, and the Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center.
The Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado (IRCNOCO) provides adult refugees and recent immigrants with a wide array of services to help them in the workforce. The Weld Trust grant supports IRCNOCO to assist their clients with learning English as a second language, earning their high school equivalency/GED, and post-secondary education preparation. Their workforce readiness training includes soft skills training, resume building, and job searches.
The grant awarded to the Jobs of Hope’s Prerelease Employment and Outreach program helps formerly incarcerated individuals. This program focuses on teaching resume writing workshops, interview preparation, and employment opportunities. According to Jobs of Hope, by connecting formerly incarcerated individuals to resources in the community, the more likely they are to successfully reenter society.
The Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center (NCVRC) received a grant to assist unemployed veterans with resources for job placement and training. NCVRC’s entire team are veterans themselves and have first-hand knowledge of the challenges their clients may be facing as well as the strengths they have built from their service.
These three organizations are working with special populations who have unique challenges in the workforce. The grants from The Weld Trust help these individuals with necessary upskilling and reskilling to obtain jobs which ultimately strengthens the entire Weld County workforce.