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Technical Assistance

The CWDC provides assistance to our network partners to advance talent development initiatives in their communities. Explore the opportunities below to receive technical assistance from the CWDC. 

2024 Summer/Fall CWDC Technical Assistance Modules - Learn more about the Technical Assistance Modules Here 

  • Sector Partnerships - Convener Mentorship and Skills Assessment - Applications Closed 
  • Working with New Americans - From Recruiting to Upskilling - Applications Closed
  • K12 - Leveling Up Employer Engagement for Student Success - Applications Closed
  • Developing a Web Presence for Your Sector Partnership - Applications Closed

2024 Summer/Fall CWDC Technical Assistance Modules 

The following technical assistance (TA) modules have been created in an effort to streamline training and support offered through the CWDC to our talent development network partners. The intent of the CWDC technical assistance modules is to:

  • Build comprehensive skills and capacity for talent development stakeholders
  • Create networks for ongoing support in adopting and implementing proven talent development strategies
  • Support work across partners and stakeholders 
  • Increase impacts across Colorado’s talent development system

The technical assistance modules currently open for registration are listed below. Email Tony R Smith, Senior Consultant for Innovation and Effectiveness, at tony.smith@state.co.us with any questions or needs.

Note: Most modules are available for registration via Zoom. For any modules that indicate that you must apply using the technical assistance portal, please follow the link and either log in to the portal or create a log-in if you are a first-time visitor.  Use the following steps to get started:

  • Use your work email address as your username 
  • Create a unique password
  • Click ‘apply’ if you are interested in applying for a module. 
     

Sector Partnerships - Convener Mentorship and Skills Assessment 

Applications Closed: Module Currently Ongoing

This technical assistance module for sector partnership conveners will include:

  • Defining and measuring the need for mentorship
  • Exploring and assessing skills for success in the convener role
  • Mentor/mentee breakout sessions
  • Goal setting for future success
     
Additional Details

4 sessions; each occurs right before a community of practice call

Who should attend?

Eligibility: Sector partnership conveners within the Colorado Sector Partnership Network
Requirements/Prerequisites: Participants must commit to all four 90-minute sessions and agree to potential follow-up from the facilitators for continued support.

Timeframe
  • First Session: Tuesday, March 12 
  • Second Session: Tuesday, March 26
  • Third Session: Tuesday, April 23
  • Fourth Session: Wednesday, May 29

Working with New Americans - From Recruiting to Upskilling 

Registration Deadline: April 17, 2024 

A three-session module geared toward employers focusing on immigrant and refugee (New American) workforce integration. Participants will learn and apply concepts that will aid in recruitment, onboarding, management, and upskilling approaches for employers from small to large. This module will incorporate lectures and interactive learning.

Additional Details & Registration Links

Session 1: Introduction and Recruiting 
Session 2: Applications, Interviewing, and Onboarding 
Session 3: Managing and Upskilling

Who should attend?

Eligibility: This module will provide resources and learning opportunities for employers focused on immigrant and refugee (New American) workforce integration.  Business and Career Service professionals from Colorado Workforce areas may also join in this learning experience.
Requirements/Prerequisites: Participants must have a willingness to learn about the concepts that will aid in the recruitment, onboarding, management, and upskilling approaches of immigrant and refugee (New American) populations.
 

Timeframe

First Session: April 24, 2024 
Second Session: May 7, 2024 
Third Session: May 15, 2024 

K12 - Leveling Up Employer Engagement for Student Success 

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2024

K12 education engages with employers for program development, curriculum review, work-based learning partnerships, and more. In this series, you will learn strategies for "speaking business" to make your outreach and partnership building student-centered, effective, and scalable. 

Additional Details & Registration Links 

It is encouraged to invite multiple staff from your school community. Consider inviting CTE teachers, counselors, building staff and/or administrators, work-based learning coordinators, and intermediaries (non-profits) who support your work. To accommodate staff that do not work during the summer, we are offering one session in May before the end of the school year. Recordings of sessions and content will be available for all registrants.

Session 1: Finding employers, approaching them, and getting commitments. How to "speak business" when talking about your programs.
Session 2:  Elevating employer relationships to scale programs 
Session 3: Where are the good jobs in the state? Labor market data for emerging industries, preparing students for the future labor market.

Who should attend?


Eligibility: Must be involved directly with K-12 education such as CTE teachers, counselors, building staff and/or administrators, work-based learning coordinators, and intermediaries (non-profits) who support your work. To accommodate staff that do not work during the summer, we are offering one session in May before the end of the school year.

Timeframe 

First Session: May 15, 2024 
Second Session: June 6, 2024 
Third Session: June 26, 2024

Developing a Web Presence for Your Sector Partnership 

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2024 

This training for leaders/conveners from active sector partnerships will help participants learn how to create and maintain a Google Site for their sector partnerships. The CWDC will provide a step-by-step guide and present a template that participants can use as a foundation for their partnership’s new website.

Additional Details

Websites are a common need for sector partnerships. Local public partners and industry teams can leverage Google Sites as a convenient, no-cost solution for communicating the work of their regional sector partnership. During this training, the CWDC will share guidance and best practices for creating a Google Site and provide partnerships with the tools they need to create and maintain their own sector partnership website. 

Who should attend?


Eligibility: This training is for sector partnership leaders/conveners from active sector partnerships who want guidance for creating an online presence for their partnerships. The training is only available to active partnerships who have been recognized by the CWDC via the Sector Partnership Acknowledgement Form

Timeframe 

June 13, 2024 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Past Opportunities & Resources

Click the drop down menus below to explore previous TA modules and training opportunities and related resources. 

2023-2024 Winter/Spring CWDC Technical Assistance

Sector Partnerships - Annual Launch | Nov 2023- Feb 2024

This was an annual technical assistance module for partners interested in launching a sector partnership.

Storytelling for Workforce Development Professionals | Dec 2023 - Feb 2024

This three-session module provided the how, what, and who of developing storytelling skill sets for workforce professionals. Participants learned the guiding principles for creating stories, how to develop a culture of storytelling, free and low-cost tools for capturing stories, strategies for sharing stories, and the experiences of storytelling experts from across the state. 


Artificial Intelligence and Workforce Development: Adopting and Implementing AI into the Colorado Workforce Ecosystem | Jan - March 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being discussed in nearly every industry, and discussions of its benefits and dangers are now common in everyday life as well. By now you’ve likely heard of some AI systems (ChatGPT, OpenAI) and you may have even tried one of them out for yourself. Beyond hearing about pay-for-service systems as they relate to workforce development, how can we truly understand, adopt, and implement AI in the Colorado workforce ecosystem while also being intentional about equity, inclusion, and end-user experiences? This technical assistance module will dig deeper into issues of equity and inclusion while exploring how those in the Colorado workforce ecosystem are implementing AI.

Job Quality for Career Seekers | Jan - March 2024

This technical assistance module explored job quality through the job seeker lens.  Participants will learn about job quality features in My Colorado Journey and discuss how to connect job seekers and employers through job quality.

  • Session 1: Introduction to job quality for job seekers - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 2: Using job quality features as a learner outcome in MCJ - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 3: Connecting job quality for job seekers and employers to improve recruiting and retention - View Recording 

Credentialing, LERs, and Talent Finance: Exploring Resources to Address Talent Shortages 

Many Colorado employers continue to work to fill vacant positions with skilled talent. At the same time, many Coloradans face resource constraints that prevent them from acquiring the needed skills through training and education programs. This technical assistance module will explore ways to provide more equitable access to training and education through talent finance. Talent finance strategies and tools help rethink and restructure funding for training and education so that more people can gain the skills needed by employers in high-demand occupations and sectors.

 

 

 

 

2023 Spring/Summer TA Modules

Skills-based Hiring Module - Transforming HR Practices to Reach Organizational Success | July- Aug 2023

This module consists of three 90 minute sessions of facilitated learning discussions, employer panels, and cooperative learning breakout sessions. Participants will learn to define/articulate organizational impacts of skills-based hiring, use of skills-based hiring as a recruitment strategy, and skills-based hiring as a selection strategy.

Sector Partnership Module - Engagement and Retention for Success - Regional Teams Model | April- May 2023

This module will help sector partnerships build engagement to achieve partnership goals. The first session will guide you through a self-assessment of your regional team to identify opportunities to strengthen the regional team behind your sector partnership. The second session will give you a practical understanding of how to help public partners identify and play constructive roles in support of sector partnerships, not as an add-on activity, but as a way of fulfilling their core mission more effectively.

Work-based Learning Module - Developing and Implementing High Quality Experiences | June - Sept 2023

As support for work-based learning (WBL) evolves and grows across the state, new resources continue to be developed to support initiatives. Using best practices, quality standards, and subject matter experts, this technical assistance module will provide the latest resources and network connections to increase quality in work-based learning experiences and their development.

Disability Support Navigation Module | June - Sept 2023

As the world of work continues to evolve post pandemic, opportunities for increasing access to employment (in person, hybrid, and virtual) for people of all abilities are abundant. This module will provide resources for support, networking, and more to support these growing opportunities. Participants will break down barriers, reduce stigma, and learn the benefits that job seekers with disabilities bring to the workforce.

Engaging  Economic Development Councils | July - Sept 2023

Successful relationship development with economic development partners is a key skill for talented local area workforce business services professionals. As the world of work continues to evolve, so does the landscape for economic development in the state. Participants will learn from experts in economic development about best practices for relationship development. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop action plans with experts to further develop their connections and collaboration with economic development partners in the state. 
 

2022-23 Winter/Spring TA Modules

Integrating Job Quality and Equity Into Business Services | Nov. - Dec. 2022

Job quality and equity are critical components of a thriving and robust state and local talent development ecosystem. Join this training to explore approaches to integrate job quality and equity into your core business services approaches. The virtual sessions will ground business services staff in approaches to accelerate local priorities informed by approaches that help to strengthen the availability of quality jobs within the local job market. 

  • Session 1 - The What and Why of Job Quality - View Recording and Slides 
  • Session 2 - Assessing the Quality of Jobs in your Local Labor Market and Adopting a Local Job Quality Strategy - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 3 - Talking to Businesses About How Job Quality Impacts Current and Future Workers - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 4 - Equipping Employers with Insights into the Worker Experience - View Recording and Slides


Sector Partnerships Module: Convening, Supporting, and Sustaining National Next-Gen Sector Partnerships (Training Series with the Institute for Networked Communities) | Nov. - Dec. 2022

The CWDC is contracting with the Institute for Networked Communities (INC), the national organization behind the Next Gen Sector Partnership model, to host a three session training series for regional sector partnership teams, new sector partnership conveners, or those interested in a reset/refresh. The training series will provide a refreshed understanding on the Next Gen model, what makes it distinct from other approaches, what success looks like, and what is required to build and sustain effective sector partnerships. Participants will learn from effective sector partnerships throughout the country and will have access to monthly coaching calls with Institute for Networked Communities January-May 2023. 


Rework America Alliance - Activator Training Series (Skills-based Hiring Module) | February & March 2023

On behalf of the Markle Foundation and the Rework America Alliance, we invite you to attend an Activator Cohort Training to provide you with additional tools and resources in your ongoing engagement with employers. This training will help you become an Activator who drives the adoption of inclusive, skills-based practices in your community. An Activator enables employers in their community to leverage the abilities of current employees and expand their talent pools to increase diversity and productivity. Find more information on our upcoming Activator Trainings below. Learn more about becoming an Activator in this video.
 

My Colorado Journey Module: Implementing My Colorado Journey | February - March 2023

Learn how My Colorado Journey (MCJ), a free online state resource, makes it easy for educators and career counselors to walk alongside students and job seekers as they explore career, education, and training opportunities. This five-week module will demonstrate avenues for people to align personal aspirations with education and career pathways, explore Colorado’s top jobs, and tap into personal and financial support services. Don’t miss this informative introduction to Colorado’s one-stop shop for students, job seekers, and those who advise them.

Focused content will be provided for those who work with students and for those who work with adults who are unemployed or seeking to reskill, upskill, or next-skill.

Technical Assistance Portal

Applications for CWDC technical assistance and funding opportunities are managed through our technical assistance (TA) portal.


  Visit the CWDC TA Portal
 

In order to submit an application, you must be logged in to the portal. First-time visitors will be prompted to set up login information. Please use a work email address as your username and create a unique password.