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This is a regional program to connect the long-term unemployed and underemployed with information technology and advanced manufacturing careers. Overview information is available below, and be sure to visit the project web site.

This is a regional, joint project which will benefit long-term unemployed and underemployed people on the Front Range and Western Slope in Colorado using collaborations between employers, educational institutions and job training programs. A collaboration of workforce development offices throughout the state was awarded a $6.2 Million "Ready to Work Partnership‟ grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2014.

This grant supports the launch of the Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership (TEC-P) project, a targeted industry sector initiative that will further build the state’s information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. The project will utilize an industry- and employer-driven approach to develop an education and training career pathway, boosting employment in middle-skilled to high-skilled jobs.

The TEC-P grant application was led by the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED), which will serve as fiscal agent of the four-year project. The partnership consists of several organizations, including the Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance; Workforce Investment Boards serving Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer and Mesa counties; the Colorado Community College System and Western Colorado Community College; industry associations; employers within the IT and advanced manufacturing sectors; and additional training and other partners. 

This is a milestone regional effort to further develop Colorado's pipeline of talent by connecting nearly 600 long-term unemployed individuals with promising career paths in high-demand industries.  We know that approximately 45% of the long-term unemployed within the grant area hold a bachelor’s degree. The program will primarily target this population with intensive coaching and job training leading to certificates and credentials needed for employment in targeted occupations.

For more detail, here is the project abstract submitted with the proposal. You may also visit the project's own web site.

While the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) in Denver is the lead administrator for this grant, your own point of contact depends on your location within the state. 

Boulder County: Sara Miller, 303-301-2922,
Arapahoe/Douglas County: Winston Johnson, 303-636-1499,
Jefferson County: Michaela King, 303-271-4617,
Mesa County: Jennifer Burke, 970-248-0869,
Larimer County: Megan Loritz, 970-498-6669,
Denver County: Elaine Lint-Scott, 720-913-1998,                    

hard Marr, 720-913-1692, 




You may be just what we're looking for!

[   ] Are you unemployed or underemployed (i.e., at a lower skill or wage level than a former position)?

[   ] Have you been unemployed or underemployed for at least 27 consecutive weeks at any time since December 2007?

[   ] Are you seeking work in one or more of the following Colorado counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa and/or Weld? 

[   ] Would you like to explore how to regain your career traction and income in the fields of technology and manufacturing?

If this sounds like you, please reach out to your local business services office (see "Contact information"). The TEC-P Partnership has services, resources and funding that can help you find a better career path forward!

We look forward to working with you.


We are ready to help you find the skilled talent you need for success, today and in the future!

  • Are you having difficulty finding qualified applicants for high skilled technical positions in advanced manufacturing or information technology?
  • Do you anticipate increased need for technical talent pipeline over the next three years?
  • Have you been able to find local training/education providers that train in the skill set area you need? 
  • Have you considered the benefits of hiring from the ranks of the long-term unemployed or underemployed? Check this out.
  • Would you like to learn more about available funds to produce the talent you need?
  • Would you like to participate in TEC-P and help guide Colorado’s efforts to grow a qualified technology talent pool?

    If you are a Colorado employer and answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, the combined resources of TEC-P may be just what you are looking for to stay competitive by hiring the best skilled talent in the state. Contact your local business services office or today!




We are seeking education and training organizations throughout the state who can help TEC-P support 600 Colorado residents. We seek to serve the long-term unemployed talent in Colorado, workers who are in a job but underemployed, and the potential advancement of existing employees--all of whom could benefit from training for higher skill positions in manufacturing and information technology.

  • Does your organization provide training in the areas of manufacturing, information technology, or healthcare?
  • Are your programs industry-recognized?
  • Is your organization listed on the Division of Private Occupational Schools?
  • Does your organization provide placement opportunities?

    Let's work together to build the strongest, most collaborative network of workforce training resources that Colorado has ever seen! Contact your local business services office or today.


This is a four-year grant spanning approximately 2015-2018. Oversight is provided by an advisory council of workforce experts and stakeholders representing the participants throughout Colorado. 

You may reach out to the grant partners (see "Contact information") or you may contact Liz Ojeda,, 720-913-1650. Media inquiries should begin with Derek Woodbury,, 720-913-1608.