Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are groups convened by the CWDC who have common interest or participation in a specific area within the talent development network. The groups collaborate regularly to share information, improve skills, and promote advancement and adoption of best practices within their area of interest. Learn more and get involved in the following areas:

Talent Equity Community of Practice and Accountability

The CWDC is providing coaching and action planning for implementing talent equity strategies for organizations in four stakeholder groups: education, workforce and economic development, community-based organizations, and business/industry. Organizations across the TalentFOUND network who are able to express a commitment to moving to action and measuring progress for addressing racial inequities in their talent development systems are encouraged to apply to participate in this community of practice. 

Submit an application to participate. Applications close on a rolling basis depending on the stakeholder group (see the timeline below for more details).

The community of practice will support teams of 2-3 participants per organization in developing processes for accountability and long-term sustainability of talent equity strategies. In three, 90-minute sessions, 10-12 teams per stakeholder group will develop action plans with the support and coaching of the CWDC and consultant Clair Minson.

Sessions will include:

  • Check-ins on the progress of the work
  • Exploration of accountability actions
  • Revision and reiteration of action plans for the continued implementation of change efforts
Application Requirements & Eligibility

Organizational commitments are a required component of the application process. The commitments must specifically speak to racial equity and include the stated intention for marked progress in the identification and elimination of barriers that have prevented the full participation of people of color.

Organizational commitments to racial equity could include: the organization’s written statement on equity, plan for implementing the stated equity goals, and/or guiding principles on equity.  

Commitments must align with five key areas of focus outlined in the Talent Equity Agenda for sustained action over the next year:

  • Career Navigation & Advancement
  • Closing the Digital Divide
  • Postsecondary Credential Attainment
  • Unemployment 
  • Equitable hiring, compensation, and promotion

Each stakeholder group will participate in three sessions following the schedule outlined below. All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

Education: Applications close April 2 - Apply
April 23, 2021, 9 - 10:30 a.m. 
May 7, 2021, 9 - 10:30 a.m. 
June 11, 2021, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 

Workforce & Economic Development: Applications close April 2 - Apply
April 12, 2021, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 
May 10, 2021, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 
June 14, 2021, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Community-based Organizations: Applications close April 9 - Apply
April 19, 2021, 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
May 17, 2021, 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
June 21, 2021, 12:30 - 2 p.m. 

Business & Industry: Applications close April 9 - Apply
April 30, 2021, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
May 27, 2021, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
June 25, 2021, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Sector Partnership Community of Practice

Colorado Statewide Sector Partnership Community of Practice webinars are for anyone involved with sector partnerships. These webinars will include sector strategy updates, partnership profiles, and presenters addressing areas of common concern.

Industry specific community of practice webinars are for all members of sector partnerships and are organized by industry.

Statewide Community of Practice

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.

Retail Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.

Healthcare Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.

Advanced Manufacturing Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.

Multi-industry Community of Practice

Tech, Construction, Retail, Ag, Energy, Recreation & Tourism

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 from 3-4 p.m.

2020 Work-based Learning Lab

The CWDC offers technical assistance for communities actively pursuing work-based learning strategies to address issues in their talent pipeline. The Work Based Learning Lab is designed to support the advancement of the Thriving Work-based Learning Community model throughout Colorado. 

The 12-month module is broken into two phases: Discovery Phase (2 months) and Action Phase (10 months). 

Discovery Phase

The Discovery Phase launched on March 16, 2020 with an in-depth workshop designed to support communities in analyzing existing data, building empathy and understanding across partners, and exploring systems change dynamics within their communities. Participating communities will continue exploring the following topics while developing applications for the work-based learning grants with coaching support.

During the Community Discovery Phase, participants: 

  • Develop and begin implementing a plan for local systems change
  • Analyze regional data
  • Complete landscape analysis and map assets
  • Increase understanding of opportunities and challenges facing key work-based learning stakeholders in your community 
  • Build empathy across partners
  • Draft WBL grant application 

Current WBL Community Participants: 

  • Adams Work-based Learning Expansion (Adams County Workforce & Business Center, Adams County Education Consortium)
  • Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Business Response Community (Arapahoe/Douglas Works!)
  • Elizabeth HS Work-based Learning Opportunity (Boeing)
  • Boulder County Apprenticeship Task Force (Boulder County Workforce)
  • Northern Colorado Work-based Learning Alliance (Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development)
  • Financial Services Pathway (Mi Casa Resource Center)
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) Apprenticeship Program (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs)
Action Phase

The WBL Learning Lab Action phase will launch in May for all Thriving Work-based Learning Community grantees.

The  community of practice will offer: 

  • Exposure to work-based learning subject matter experts and promising practices
  • Access to tools to support scaling WBL in communities
  • Opportunities for coaching and technical assistance 
  • Peer learning and peer support
  • Influence in statewide conversations on work-based learning

Learn More

 Access the Talent Equity Agenda

 Connect with a sector partnership

 Learn more about sector strategies

 Learn more about work-based learning

Sector Partnership Office Hours

The CWDC team offers weekly office hours for sector partnerships, conveners, and members on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. Get answers to your questions about your sector partnership as you tackle challenges while implementing, evolving, and sustaining a thriving partnership. View meeting details on our public calendar