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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Spring Apprenticeship Breakfast Success

On May 4th, over 60 businesses from around the Northern Colorado Region gathered for an informational breakfast focused on all the options for starting apprenticeship programs. The event garnered very positive feedback from attendees, and thirteen businesses have scheduled follow up consultations to potentially create apprenticeship programs. NoCo Inspire is seizing on the momentum and launching an apprentice recognition [...]

NoCo Manufacturing Sector Summer Internship Success

The youth intern placed at Better Process through the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Sector Partnership had a great learning and real world career experience. Out of twenty applicants, she was the top candidate for this internship position because of her positive attitude. This attitude showed in her work as she went above and beyond on the job. Throughout her internship, [...]

Northern Colorado Health Sector Summer Internship Success

A youth intern placed at UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies had a great and meaningful experience this summer, she not only confirmed her future career as a trauma surgeon but she was able to gain more knowledge in healthcare as she worked in multiple aspects of the radiology department. With this being the first internship that UCHealth hosted [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]