An Innovative Job Partnership Launches In Colorado Springs
In Colorado Springs, Colorado, times are booming. The city, known for its gorgeous vistas and outdoor lifestyle, is on the verse of a huge population increase, and officials know that in order to keep the economy afloat, they need to train up their workforce.
“We are a city that is going to be about a million people within the next 20-25 years,” Tatiana Bailey, director of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Economic Forum, told KOAA News. “If we want to be economically prosperous and we want to have sustainable growth, we have to be a diverse economy.”
Right now, the city has a host of open jobs, but there aren’t always qualified workers to fill them. So a new program aims to train up college graduates. It’s a joint effort between the UCCS Economic Forum, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Quad Innovation Partnership, and the workforce development department at Pikes Peak Community College.
The coalition is looking at a broad spectrum of questions. “What are those major job openings? What are the programs here…for the job categories that we know we are not adequately training?” Baily told KOAA News. “What do we need to do as a community to get those programs either built out or expanded?”
The partnership aims to present their findings to the community within the next two months.