Technical Assistance

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

Consultative Technical Assistance

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 consultative 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 applications are listed below. Please note the application deadlines and apply through the technical assistance portal.

Note: First time visitors to the technical assistance portal will be prompted to create a login. Please use the following steps to get started: 

  • Use work email address as your username 
  • Create a unique password
  • Click ‘apply’ if you are interested in applying for a module. 
     
Winter/Spring 2022 Technical Assistance Modules

The Winter/Spring 2022 Technical Assistance Modules are currently accepting applications through Dec. 8, 2021. Please review the details below and apply through the technical assistance portal by Dec. 8.


Strategic Impact in Alignment of Services

Apply by Dec. 8

This seven week, team based module will use human-centered design approaches to co-create processes and programs and align systems and services to better prepare job seekers for the economy of today and tomorrow. The module is designed to support strategic relationship building across local areas in order to build greater empathy and alignment across systems and services.  

Who Should Apply

County-level human services and workforce leaders and their designated team members. Applications may be submitted for teams of 4-5 people and must include staff who work directly in Employment First or Colorado Works and staff who work directly with WIOA and workforce development, including at least one workforce staff and one human services staff. Teams with a combination of decision makers and employees who provide direct services to jobseekers are strongly encouraged.

Seven teams, or a maximum of 35 participants, will be accepted into this module. 

Timeframe

Jan. 6 - Feb. 22, 2022

This module will be offered remotely across the state and includes approximately 30 hours of direct learning and team time. There will be breaks in the schedule to accommodate client and customer research and testing prototypes. Teams are expected to reserve team work time during breaks in the schedule. A team facilitator to support local team work time can be provided upon request (please indicate in your application).

  • Jan. 6, 2022 1 - 2:30 p.m. 
  • Jan. 13, 2022 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 24, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 25, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 26, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 9, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 10, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m
Learning Objectives & Deliverables

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a network of partnerships across directors of human services and workforce center directors and program staff to support innovation in systems and services alignment.
  • Strengthen skills in leveraging human-centered design practices to co-create processes and programs.
  • Create and test ideas for greater impacts across systems and customers. 
     

Key Deliverables

Over the course of this three day rapid design series, participants will engage in designing, prototyping and testing strategies to increase alignment of services across agencies. Participants will: 

  • Identify and prioritize challenges in system and service alignment
  • Reflect and study data and case studies to identify targeted strategies 
  • Design and test solutions to address challenges 
  • Capture lessons learned, outputs, and other findings to inform efforts across Colorado

 

Tools and Strategies for Moving to Action with the Talent Equity Agenda 

Apply by Dec. 8

Learn from stakeholders who have committed to addressing racial inequities in the talent development system to inform how your organization can take the first steps in implementing strategies from the Talent Equity Agenda. Participants in this module will hear best practices and recommendations from organizations participating in the CWDC Talent Equity Communities of Practice, and receive tools for getting started in addressing racial inequities. Opportunities for discussion and action planning throughout the module will support your organization’s journey toward achieving greater racial equity and inclusion in Colorado’s economy and talent development system.

Who Should Apply

All stakeholders in the talent development network are welcome to apply. Organizational teams of 2- 5 people are strongly encouraged, however, applications may be submitted for individuals. Organizations may submit applications for more than one team.   

Timeframe

Feb. 2-3, 2022

  • Feb. 2, 2022 12 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3, 2022 12 - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD based on the location for accepted teams.   

Learning Objectives & Deliverables

Learning Objectives

  • Develop skills and learn strategies for taking the first steps for operationalizing equity 
  • Develop a plan for moving forward
  • Explore and practice using tools to support action planning and measuring progress
     

Key Deliverables

  • Examples of actions taken and impacts made across stakeholder groups in the TalentFOUND network
  • Tools and strategies for operationalizing equity
  • A plan to take action 
     

 

Leaders in Equity

Apply by Dec. 8

A two day skill and capacity building event for workforce development leaders. To impact and change longstanding institutions and systems in which racial inequities reside, leaders need to be armed with the skills and competencies to be more race-explicit, systemic in addressing disparities, and multiculturally competent. This technical assistance module is designed to support workforce development board leaders in taking the next step in addressing racial inequity. Content will include skill development in having courageous conversations, using data to drive actions, and changing the narrative for racial equity in your work.

Who Should Apply

Workforce development board leaders and members are encouraged to apply.

Timeframe

March 3-4, 2022

  • March 3, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • March 4, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Participants will be held accountable in their progress in affecting change by committing to participation in a June 2022 Day of Equity event as a presenter, panelist, or discussion lead.  

Learning Objectives & Deliverables

Learning Objectives

  • Take the next step along your journey as a leader in addressing racial inequity.
  • Develop and implement skills in establishing a data question to drive to action.   
  • Practice using equity terms and tools in your personal, interpersonal, institutional, and system interactions.  
  • Build and apply skills in taking an equity lens in your leadership role every day.
     

Key Deliverables

  • A personal statement for why you do this work
  • An organizational commitment to equity 
  • Strategies for leading equity work every day
  • A data-driven action plan for addressing racial inequity within the systems in which you work


Financial Technical Assistance

There are no funding opportunities currently accepting applications. This page will be updated as new opportunities become available. 

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.