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Career Readiness

WBL Incubator - Launching September 19th!

Colorado’s labor market is evolving faster than ever. Students and job seekers are engaging in learning experiences to help them develop advanced and adaptable skill sets that are necessary to compete in the complex global marketplace.

While not a new strategy, work-based learning is one way education and training systems are partnering with business to ensure that students have the skills and career exposure needed to build pathways to meaningful careers.

Launching October 2017, the Colorado Department of Education is collaborating with the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Community College System and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to host a Work-based Incubator.

  • WHO: Teams of school and district leaders interested in implementing or deepening work-based learning programming.
  • WHAT: A series of webinars and meetings designed to empower interested districts and schools to create and deepen  high quality work-based learning programs.
  • WHEN: Year-long experience launching fall of 2017.Webinars will take place 2:30-3:30pm. In person convening will take place during TalentFOUND Sector Summit October 15-17.

Interested in participating? Sign-Up Here

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Core Skills Needed for the Workforce of Educational Opportunities Beyond High School


  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Risk taking


  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Personal responsibility and self-management
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Personal awareness
  • Learn independently
  • Perseverance


  • Core academic foundation
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Global and cultural awareness
  • Ethics and integrity


  • Time management
  • Career literacy
  • Grit and resilience
  • Work ethic; dependable and reliable
  • Self-advocacy

Preparing students for success in the workplace requires an understanding of the labor market landscape and opportunities for students to explore, develop and demonstrate the mindsets, knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for career success.

Not only can effective career readiness activities provide students with an opportunity to explore their individual talents and interests, but they can help students understand how those interests intersect with the needs of the labor market. These activities can also equip students with critical opportunities to enhance their skills and earn industry-recognized credentials to improve employability.

PWR Description:

"Colorado high school graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills (competencies) needed to succeed in postsecondary settings and to advance in career pathways as lifelong learners and contributing citizens."

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Sector Partnerships

Preparing students for the workforce requires strong partnerships with business and program alignment with the needs of the labor market. In Colorado, Sector Partnerships serve as a key vehicle to help education and other community partners understand and aligning with the needs of business. Watch this video to learn more about these regional, industry-led and community supported partnerships.

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Renise Walker
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator 
(303) 229-1008

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