Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning

Want to learn a new trade, and earn a paycheck while you learn? Apprenticeships are a great way to advance your career, and are available in a variety of industries. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has launched, a website providing information on apprenticeships in Colorado. According to the site, 9 out […]

Remembering Ruben Valdez

Colorado’s first Hispanic Speaker of the House, Ruben Valdez, passed away on Tuesday at age 82. He is remembered as a strong advocate for the Latino community and civil rights. The son of a coal miner, Valdez was born in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1937. After a few years working in Pueblo and in California, he […]

The Future of Work

This week, Governor Polis signed Executive Order B 2019 009, which creates the new Office of Future of Work. The office will address the changing nature of working in Colorado, such as rapidly evolving technology; the growing number of workers who juggle multiple jobs; the rising costs of housing and healthcare; and the growth of […]

Plan Your Career with My Colorado Journey

Are you looking for a tool to help you navigate the complex web of education and career opportunities in Colorado? Then take a look at My Colorado Journey, a new, free resource from the State of Colorado that just debuted this summer. What is My Colorado Journey? My Colorado Journey is designed for anyone ages […]

Interactive Data Tools from the State Demography Office

The State Demography Office (SDO) has recently updated several of their interactive online data and mapping tools. These tools provide easy access to information on population, industry, and more. For population data, check out their Demographic Dashboard. Here you will find data tables on net migration as well as population estimates and projections based on […]

February is Career and Technical Education Month

Career and technical education (CTE) is a way for middle- and high-school students to get a jump-start on preparing for a successful career. Students in CTE programs — often in partnership with Colorado’s community colleges — can learn skills like automotive repair (an increasingly skilled profession as vehicles include more and more computer components); agriculture; […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

Government Shutdown Resources

If you or a family member are affected by the recent government shutdown, the State of Colorado is stepping in to help. Furloughed workers are currently permitted to file for unemployment benefits. See Governor Polis’s press release for an overview, and visit the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment’s unemployment website for more details and […]

Workforce Supply and Demand Data

What are the most in-demand occupations in Colorado? The State’s Talent Found Dashboard uses current job posting data to measure demand, and presents interactive maps and tables that you can use to find out the state’s hottest jobs. The data on the website supplements two 2017 state reports, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado […]

Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

The Colorado Community College System has developed, an informational website for those seeking careers in the advanced manufacturing industry in Colorado. Jobs in this industry include electrical and mechanical maintenance techs; machinists; welders; and jobs in engineering/R&D; logistics & supply; production & assembly; quality assurance; and sales.  The site provides information on where to […]

Colorado’s Labor History

This coming Monday is Labor Day.  Because so much of Colorado’s development was tied in with mining, transportation, and other industry, and because of events like the Ludlow Massacre, the state has played a significant role in the history of the labor movement in America.  Here are some resources, both current and historical, available from […]

Job Hunting for People with Disabilities

Many Colorado businesses offer opportunities for persons with disabilities to become employed, a situation which can greatly enhance the person’s life.  If you or someone you know is disabled and looking for employment in Colorado, be sure to view A Job-Hunting Guide for Colorado Citizens with Disabilities, produced by the Colorado Career Web of the […]

Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals

The State of Colorado has found a clever way to encourage health care practitioners to move to rural and underserved areas where their services are badly needed.  It is called the Loan Repayment Program.  By agreeing to practice in underserved areas for three years, new health care professionals can receive repayment funds for their student […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Worker’s Compensation

What were worker’s compensation laws like a century ago?  You can find out in the 1915 publication Workmen’s Compensation Laws Passed by the Twentieth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, available digitally from our library.  That year the legislature created the Industrial Commission of Colorado.  Their biennial reports, also available digitally from our library, […]

New College and Career Website

Last month Colorado debuted the new Launch My Career Colorado website.  This site provides a searchable tool that prospective college students can use to determine the earning potential for their desired majors, industries, jobs, and schools.  For instance, if you search library science as a major, you first receive a screen that gives the percentages […]

Work-Related Injuries in Colorado

If you are looking for statistics on the number of injuries that occur in the workplace in Colorado, you can find this information in the annual statistical publication Work-Related Injuries in Colorado, issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).  Issues back to 1995 are available from our library.  (It takes the department […]