WBL Opportunity: Youth Apprenticeships

Community Strong, St. Vrain Valley Schools

Community Strong is an online platform and team focused on building and strengthening connections to small businesses, corporate entities, and industry leaders. Community Strong makes it easy for organizations to partner with SVVSD schools.

NoCo Inspire, Poudre School District

NoCo Inspire is a dedicated team and online platform focused on connecting high school students in the Poudre School District to Northern Colorado employers and community mentors, to provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities. 

RK Apprenticeship Program

RK Construction’s Apprenticeship Program is a great opportunity for learners seeking a career in the skilled trades. In partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College, participants receive accredited training along with college credits. In addition, RK’s partnership with MSU Denver provides a pathway towards a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Project Management. Most recently, they now offer classes towards an Associated …

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CareerWise Colorado Apprenticeship Program

CareerWise Colorado is a business-led nonprofit implementing statewide, three-year modern youth apprenticeships for high school students. This year, the program launched its second cohort of over 120 new apprentices in Denver, Eagle County, and Grand Junction. CareerWise apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on experience …

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Pinnacol Assurance Apprenticeship Program

Pinnacol Assurance, in partnership with CareerWise Colorado, has hosted a cohort of over 20 apprentices from Denver Public Schools since 2017. Their apprentices support 23 work teams–primarily in claims, underwriting, customer service, and information technology–and the company already sees a return on its investment through apprentices’ support of daily operations. 

Greeley Evans School District Apprenticeship Program

Building off of the success of their Career Explore Summer Internship Program, Greeley Evans School District 6 is launching a new apprenticeship program in partnership with Vestas. Students enrolled in the district’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathways courses will be paid an hourly wage and receive employee benefits while in the apprenticeship.

Peyton School District – Internships and Credentials

The Woods Manufacturing Program is not a shop class, but a chance for students to learn cutting edge skills needed in the Woods Manufacturing industry. A collaborative effort between Peyton School District and Widefield District 3, the program led to the development of a national Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (the MiLL). Students in the program can work toward a Woodwork Career Alliance Passport, …

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Mesa County Valley School District 51 – Internships and Credentials

Through its Performance Based Learning model and robust partnerships with local businesses and higher education Mesa 51 School District is working hard to create graduates that are ready for 21st century college and career opportunities. D51 (as well as Salida and many others) is leveraging the incentives from the Career Success Program which was recently extended through 2024.