Communities of Practice

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, April 28, 2020 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - Register
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 12-1:30 p.m. - Register

Retail Community of Practice

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - View Recording
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - Join

Healthcare Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - View Recording
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - Register

Advanced Manufacturing Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - View Recording
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - Register

Multi-industry Community of Practice

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - View Recording
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 3-4 p.m. - Register

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

Thriving Work-based Learning Community Grants

WBL Learning Lab participants are eligible to apply for Thriving Work-based Learning Community Grants to fund work-based learning capacity building efforts. Communities do not need to participate in the Discovery Phase to be eligible to apply for the grants. However, interested applicants must complete the Landscape Analysis and Work-based Learning Project Plan templates provided with the grant application at Visit for more information and to apply by May 28, 2020.

Learn More

 Connect with a sector partnership

 Learn more about sector strategies

 Learn more about work-based learning

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