Success Stories: Work-Based Learning in Larimer and Weld Counties

Work-based learning opportunities work. Several local businesses have opened their doors to the Alliance and its resources and have seen tremendous success. We’re stronger when we all work together, and those stories are best told by the organizations that currently work with the Alliance or have in the past.  

Read more below about how NoCo Inspire connected these businesses with resources and partners that helped their businesses and organizations thrive! 

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Victoria – ESWC Success Story

Victoria, a 16-year-old who lacked a high school diploma or equivalent, determined traditional schooling wasn’t working for her. Upon this realization, she knew she needed to find a program to help her with basic education obtainment. Victoria enrolled in an alternative school in January 2020, quickly progressing through the curriculum in the self-paced program. She was doing so well [...]

Shaela – ESWC Success Story

COVID-19 attributed to the reduction of Shaela's parents' work hours. Her family needed income and, since many of the places that usually hire youth (food and non-essential retail) were closed, Shaela visited ESWC for assistance. Using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, ESWC created Weld CARES 4 Youth, a program to assist young adults impacted (or [...]

Julius – ESWC Success Story

Julius was a dishwasher at a local restaurant. Due to the pandemic and the Governor’s orders to shut down in-person dining, Julius was reduced to two hours of work a week. With bills still coming in, such as phone and car insurance, and drastically reduced income, Julius needed a new source of income. Many of the typical areas that [...]

Front Range Success Story

“I am learning a ton and enjoying clinic days.  It’s really a great experience to combine classroom learning with actual clinical experience with real patients.  I think it helps the learning stick.” MA Apprentice, Associates in Family Medicine

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Student Finds Success in 3D Printing

My internship with Poudre School District went well! I gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the 3D Printing Manufacturing Process, mainly on the production side of things, specifically post-processing. Apparently, I did a good job with my work too because they offered me a position throughout the school year and possibly even next summer! – Jesse, Fossil [...]

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Dicen – CareerWise success story

In its role as an intermediary, CWC collaborates with our valued NoCo partners — local employers and school districts — to proactively address a skilled-worker shortage. A recent success story involves Tolmar’s decision to hire their CareerWise apprentice Dicen Buckley as a full-time employee. Sylvia Robinson, Tolmar’s HR Manager, says that apprentices inspire Tolmar’s employees through their strong work [...]

Front Range Success Story

“Providing work-based learning experiences is a valuable way for students to be exposed to working with clients and completing real-world tasks. The Multimedia Graphic Design department at FRCC Larimer Campus has been involved in work-based learning since Spring of 2019. In Fall of 2020, we launched Phase2, a student-run graphic design agency providing services to on-campus departments and off [...]

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Thompson School District Success Story

New TSD graduate “signs on” for summer internship in manufacturing By Susan Scott, TSD Business Community Coordinator This spring and summer, while many businesses found themselves having to take a step back due to COVID-19, DH Wholesale Signs was one of a handful of area manufacturers that was able to not only continue production, but also employ a youth [...]

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Aims Community College Success Story

Work-based learning came to life at Aims Community College when students took on designing and implementing the build out of a snow melt system on campus. Lawrence Brown is the student featured in this video highlighting the practical application of what he learned in various classes like our Building Electrical Systems, Materials and Systems, Estimating, Scheduling and Computer Aided [...]

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Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins

One participant increased her annual income from $24,960 to $54,000 by securing a position as Analytical Accountant with a local manufacturer. As part of earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, she participated in an internship with the manufacturer. Realizing her talent, they hired her full-time upon graduation. She has healthcare coverage, matching retirement benefits, PTO and enormous earning potential. [...]