Workforce Development

Jefferson County has one of most highly educated workforces in the nation. 42% of residents in the county have a bachelor’s degree or higher, helping position Colorado as the nation’s second-most educated workforce.

Highly Educated Workforce

Jefferson County has a nationally acclaimed K-12 school district and world-renowned colleges and universities that are creating the next generation of workforce. The local talent pipeline is further amplified with career training programs that can be customized to meet employers’ specific needs. With specific strengths in aerospace, bioscience, energy and advanced manufacturing, Jefferson County is a hub for companies seeking a highly educated, cutting-edge, talented workforce.

Companies located in the county have access to a labor market that boasts the third-highest concentration of high-tech workers in the nation. With specific strengths in aerospace, bioscience, energy and advanced manufacturing, Jefferson County is a hub for companies seeking a highly-educated cutting-edge, talented workforce.

Workforce Development Resources

American Job CenterThe American Job Center (AJC) serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties is a member of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s statewide network of workforce centers, which provide a variety of no-cost services to job seekers and businesses.

The AJC offers a wide array of services to employers, including specialized job training, job recruitment, and job retention strategies to respond to specific needs of business and industry.

The AJC offers a variety of free workshops focusing on topics critical to job seekers, including resume writing, interviewing, social media and more. Participation is open to all Colorado residents, such as individuals who are unemployed, under-employed or looking to change careers.

Colorado FIRST/Existing Industry Customized Training Programs

The Colorado FIRST and Existing Industry Grants are jointly administered by the state and the Colorado Community College System. Colorado FIRST grants are for companies that are relocating to or expanding in Colorado and provide funds only to net new hires. Existing Industry grants focus on providing assistance to established Colorado companies in order to remain competitive within their industry, adapt to new technology and prevent layoffs. The programs increase transferable job skills that support both the company’s economic competitiveness and enhance worker’s resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

Colorado has the nation’s 2nd most highly educated workforce

Jefferson County Universities and Community Colleges

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