May 2024

Community Partner Newsletter


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Arapahoe/Douglas Works! provides a variety of no-cost services to job seekers and businesses, serving as a critical resource to connect talent and industry in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties and throughout the Denver/Aurora metropolitan region.

Attendees at the Talent Pipeline Makeover event

A/D Works! hosted Talent Pipeline Makeover Workshop

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center hosted the Talent Pipeline Makeover Workshop on April 23, 2024. Anthony Cherwinski from the Office of New Americans (ONA) was the keynote speaker. He advised employers on everything from establishing New American hiring initiatives to creating upskilling programs for multicultural teams. If you are interested in working with this talent pool, view ONA’s webinar series “Working with New Americans: From Recruiting to Upskilling.”

There was a panel discussion that focused on innovative strategies to recruit and hire diverse populations to harness new talent pools. The panel featured representatives from the Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado, Blue Star Recycling, Latino Coalition, Colorado Neurodiversity Chamber of Commerce, and CDLE Veteran Services.

Employers stated that the presentation and the panel were very informative and beneficial. Additionally, employers received resources to improve their workforce development opportunities. If you are interested in increasing your talent pipeline, contact a Business Development Representative at 303.636.1359 or fill out a request form.



Connecting Colorado

May 17, 2024

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Virtual Event




Walk-in Hiring Event - Aurora Public Schools

May 23, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In-Person Event


Business Education Event - Job Quality for Good Jobs

May 20, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

In-Person Event

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Need help with your recruiting goals? Call 303.636.1359 or fill out a request form to connect with a Business Development Representative!

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Program Spotlight

The Future U Program at Arapahoe/Douglas Works! helps drive opportunity for young people to realize and own their workforce potential.

A/D Works! is hosting a no-cost Summer Job Hunt Boot Camp for young adults aged 14-18. The boot camp will be held June 3rd - 6th in Aurora. A job fair will follow on June 7th. Those interested should register by May 19th at as seats are limited.

Young Adult Summer Job Hunt Boot Camp 2024
Young Adult Job Fair


  • The Believe in Reading Grant aims to improve reading and literacy for people of all ages. Applications are considered as they are received and grants are renewable for up to a maximum of three years. There are no specific deadlines, but please apply long in advance of when you would like your check to arrive. It may take 90-120 days to receive a response.

  • The Manufacturer’s Edge Small Manufacturing Recovery Grants (SMRG) program is here to help small- to medium-sized manufacturers in Colorado looking to transform their company. The program offers consultative engagement opportunities valued at $10,000 to $20,000 or more that, thanks to a one-time state-funding opportunity, can be implemented in your organization for a fraction of the cost.

  • Colorado House Bill 23-1198 created a new, statewide K-12 Teacher Externship Program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-focused (STEM) occupations. Teachers will be able to earn credits toward professional development and licensure requirements and may also receive salary increases and/or graduate-level university credits toward advanced degrees by participating in externships. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is actively seeking participation from business partners dedicated to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplaces to participate as hosts to teachers. Those interested in participating are asked to fill out this interest form.

News from Partners

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Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Improves Services and Outcomes for Diverse Populations 

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! staff Sasha Easton (Workforce Director & Division Manager) is a member of the Task Force on Better Serving Diverse Populations in the U.S. Workforce Development System.

The task force was established by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). It was formed to explore how federal policies can better support existing workforce systems to deliver people-first, equity-centered results for all through the workforce system’s adult and youth programs.

The task force provided recommendations for the 2024 Report “Improving Services and Outcomes for Diverse Populations in America’s Workforce Development System.” The paper outlines the task force’s federal workforce policy recommendations and details actionable ways policymakers can begin to transform our long-underfunded workforce development system.

The report showcases examples of how Arapahoe/Douglas Works! offers customer-led outreach and population-specific service delivery, creates pathways into the public sector, and broadens support to include underemployed individuals and immigrant and refugee populations.

Read the full report.

Upwardly Global is a national organization working to support immigrants and refugees with international credentials to restart their careers in the United States. The Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP), alongside the Office of New Americans (ONA), announced a new training opportunity through Upwardly Global. The training is designed for Career Coaches, Employment Specialists, and other employment staff who work directly with refugees and immigrants, as well as, Administrators of Career Development programs that serve these populations. The free training opportunity includes the following:

4-part Virtual Training (dates below)

  • Training 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Training 2: Thursday, June 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
  • Training 3: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Training 4: Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

- Ongoing Technical Assistance

- Access to Upwardly Global's Job Readiness Training platform for your clients (includes 50+ hours of instructional content)

- Network with a selected cohort of participants from refugee and immigrant-serving organizations, community colleges and workforce centers from across Colorado

The application deadline is May 17, 2024. 

Upwardly Global application details

Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Board

Board on the Move

ADWDB members at the NAWB Forum 2024

In March, several members of the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the National Association of Workforce Boards Forum 2024. Peter Hancock, Shelbi Davis, Andrew Bercich, Carrie Warren-Gully, Todd Nielsen, Heidi McDonald and 1400 other workforce leaders from around the country met to collaborate to build stronger policies and programs.

The Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Board meets on the first Thursday, bi-monthly from

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Next meeting: June 6, 2024

If you are interested in hosting a board meeting, receiving more information, participating with, or applying to serve on the Board or a Task Force, please contact Sydney Golditch at 303.636.1178 or

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The Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board is pleased to offer employers and community partners the no-cost use of our economic development room space. The HUB is the perfect place to host a variety of events. Click here to learn more about the Business & Economic Development HUB.

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