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AMERICA'S MIDDLE-SKILLS GAP

Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology to address some of the nation’s greatest challenges in the areas of health, national security and the economy. Markle’s current initiative, SKILLFUL, has brought together a diverse coalition of national leaders to focus on accelerating innovations that leverage the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans and rework America for the 21st century economy.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. SKILLFUL is working with LinkedIn to develop better tools to serve the middle-skill population, integrate more local job opportunities and improve access to education and training.

Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado has an impressive record of economic growth and collaborative innovation in workforce development through initiatives such as the Colorado Blueprint, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, the Sector Partnerships and more.

The Business Experiential-Learning Commission is working to address Colorado's middle-skills gap and better support workforce development initiatives—including developing a systemic solution for integrated work-based training, a system for badging work-based learning experiences and more.

Representing 200+ manufacturing companies across Colorado, CAMA's goals are to promote and advance the manufacturing industry, which accounts for 93% of Colorado's exports and employs over 120,000 Coloradans. CAMA grew out of Gov. Hickenlooper's "Colorado Blueprint" initiative.

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education, serving more than 151,000 students annually. It oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts.

Colorado Technology Association leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy through technology. CTA represents 600+ technology companies employing over 140,000 Coloradans and is growing a pipeline of workers to sustain Colorado’s thriving innovation economy.

For 90+ years, Goodwill has been a major force in building the metro Denver and northern Colorado economy. Our organization has aligned its goals with the economic needs of the community. We're more than just a place for great deals—our programs improve the community and inspire hope, one person at a time.

Following the trend initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Colorado has consolidated the many components of job service, employment and training services to maximize its ability to serve job seekers as well as area employers. We provide easy access to a wide array of services, including referrals to partner agencies.

CareerWise's mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program. Through this business-led, student-centered model, CareerWise brings together public and private stakeholders to ensure that students have access to the skills and knowledge they need for financial and academic success, and that businesses have access to highly-trained talent.

The vision of the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. The CWDC’s mission is to facilitate the creation and sustainability of a business‐led Colorado talent development system that appropriately integrates the work of economic development, education, training and workforce development to meet the needs of businesses, workers, job-seekers and students.

Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on the biggest, most complex issues facing Metro Denver. Our united approach changes the odds for the children, families, and individuals in our community, and moves them out of poverty.