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Arvada Chamber launches workforce initiative

Program goal is to develop demand-driven approach to closing skills gap


A new workforce initiative was recently launched by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Arvada Economic Development Association.

Arvada Works is geared toward connecting employers, educators and partners across the Arvada community in developing “a demand-driven approach to closing the future workforce skills gap,” according to the chamber press release. The program is modeled off a national program that has successfully launched in more than 50 communities across the country. The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is one of the initial sites.  

“Current statistics indicate that over 70 percent of students will need some sort of post-secondary education to be prepared for the workforce,” said Kami Welch, president of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. “We recognize that this is no small task, but through the power of collaboration we can put big arms around Arvada and be a catalyst for incredible change led by our business community.”

Arvada Works will convene Arvada employer collaborative events in industries including construction, trades, manufacturing, healthcare, STEM and professional services to better understand demand, credentialing requirements and gaps in the talent supply chain. Results will include improved communication with workforce suppliers and education system convening around system shifts, and addressing issues related to every student needing a four-year degree.

“The AEDA Board believes that this initiative will connect Arvada businesses together with the future workforce to enable success for both business and a talented workforce,” said Jodi Thomas, president of the Arvada Economic Development Association Board. “This will ultimately lead to the competitive advantage of Arvada as a place to do business.” 

More information about the initiative is available at www.arvadachamber.org or call 303-424-0313.


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