Work 4 $uccess Program

The Work 4 $uccess (W4$) certificate is obtained by following a strict curriculum of activities established to demonstrate a participant’s significant personal development and community investment.  This program is aimed at participants aged 16-25 who have been adjudicated or convicted of a felony charge, and because of this charge are having difficulty obtaining employment.


This 32-hour curriculum is designed in two two-hour blocks which can be delvered over the course of 16 days, or combined into longer sessions delivered over a shorter period of time. This design allows organizations the flexability to deliver services in a manner that best meets the needs of participants.

Job Readiness (18 hours)

By the end of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Effectively search for an appropriate, and wage sustaining job
  2. Effectively communicate about their riminal background and express accountability for their actions
  3. Understand and demonstrate appropriate workplace behavior

Job Retention (12 hours)

By the end of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Revise a personal daily schedule to meet a new work daily schedule
  2. Ask permission for a day off during the first month of employment
  3. Interpret a true colors temperament assessment
  4. Determine individual emotional intelligence factors that will enhance self-efficacy
  5. Understand personal finance



  • Tangible understanding of the competencies that the applicants will be prepared with
  • Pre-screened candidates
  • Lower hiring costs
  • Increased retention
  • Job coach support
  • Federal bonding of participants who are hired
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) assistance


  • Reinforcement of learning
  • Consistent messages coming from all service providers
  • Certification of skills in a marketable credential
  • Connection to a meaningful career path versus the "work first" model
  • Economic participation spurs community connection

Service Providers

  • Portable across agencies
  • Minimized duplication of services
  • Lower per-participant cost increases opportunities for others
  • Shared resources and leveraged funding
    • Class offerings
    • Job development

Correction Agencies

  • Certification of skills transfers to community providers
  • Program aimed at job retention works to reduce recidivism
  • Common language streamlines transition planning among agencies

The Denver Office of Economic Development is an Equal Opportunity Agency and, in accordance with the Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288), the Denver County Workforce Centers provide veterans priority of service for all program services that are directly funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Accommodations provided upon request.