2021 Colorado Apprenticeship Awards

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Nov. 18, 2021 - On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission hosted the 2021 Colorado Apprenticeship Awards. More than 150 people attended this virtual event honoring the individuals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of apprenticeships in Colorado. 

The winners included apprentices, mentors, programs, employers, champions, and partnerships that have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to apprenticeships and expanding access to apprenticeship programs.

In recognition of the important role apprenticeships play in the state’s economy, earlier this month Governor Jared Polis proclaimed November as Colorado Apprenticeship Month. This awards event is one of the high points of Apprenticeship Month. In addition, Colorado joins with states across the nation to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, recognizing the key role that these opportunities play in our economy and in our labor force.

Congratulations to the 2021 Colorado Apprenticeship Award Winners!

Apprenticeship Programs - (Video)

  • RK Industries
  • Donald G. White Training Center
  • Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain

Employers - (Video)

  • Tolmar
  • E Light Electric Services, Inc.

Mentors - (Video)

  • Casey Hastings, Arapahoe Community College
  • Anne Allen, Centura Health
  • Stacey Abel, Craig Hospital

Partnerships - (Video)

  • Vail Valley Partnership and Eagle County CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Telluride Foundation and West End Apprenticeship Program

Champions - (Video)

  • Nicole Jones, City and County of Denver
  • Eric Dunker, Arapahoe Community College
  • Front Range Community College

Apprentices - (Video)

  • Hanna Fernandez-Celis, Pinnacol Assurance
  • Sayara Esslam, Red Rocks Community College
  • Brittany Bustos, Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

The event was made possible through the collaboration of many partners, including representatives from the BEL Commission, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, CareerWise Colorado, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Community College System, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. View the full event recording

Learn more

For more information about youth apprenticeships, visit the CareerWise website.
For more information about registered apprenticeships, visit the CDLE website.
For more information about the Colorado Collegiate Apprenticeship Program, visit the website.

The vision of the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission is to integrate experiential learning opportunities into Colorado's talent development network. Learn more about the BEL Commission’s work and priorities.