Success Stories: Work-Based Learning in Larimer County

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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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. [...]

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Woodward Has Success with PSD Students for Over a Decade

Woodward has been fortunate to partner with local school districts for well over a decade. Over time, we have leveraged many opportunities created in an effort to make connections between our youth talent pipelines and manufacturing career paths. A few of those opportunities have included job shadows, tours, internships, apprenticeships, teacher externships, Manufacturing Day and Parents Night events; all of which [...]

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Christopher – Air Force Veteran Climbs Ladder of Law

A single parent of one, Christopher, an Air Force veteran, was referred to internship services. Christopher had a desire to become an attorney and wanted to get his foot in the door by working in an attorney’s office and in the judicial system. Provided with a list of local court and jail internship opportunities, Christopher’s internship coordinator suggested he might also [...]

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Angelica – Single Mom Becomes Legal Professional

Angelica, a single mother with preschool-aged children, indicated a career interest in legal work. Having had some clerical work experience, but no legal experience, Angelica thought she would benefit from a work-based learning experience in legal activities that provided her with opportunities to prove herself. She made it a goal to become hired at a livable wage, allowing her to [...]

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Myleisha – Mother Achieves Dental Assistant Dream

Myleisha, a mother of a young son, wanted to be placed in a Dental Assistant internship that coincided with Dental Assistant classes in which she was enrolled. Concurrent studies and internship activities helped Myleisha become successful in learning applicable dental skills, gaining dental office experience and improving her potential for dental assistant work.    Myleisha started her internship with [...]