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Employment Services of Weld County

Meet Kelly

Workforce Challenge

Kelly has worked as a geologist for 10 years when she became unemployed. She was interested in training options to gain skills for becoming more marketable in the Environmental Remediation field.

Workforce Solution

Kelly came to Employment Service of Weld County and enrolled in the DX-RE program. Kelly's goal was to earn a HAZWOPER Certification in order to pursue employment in industries that require environmental compliance at contaminated sites. Kelly researched and found training for her certificate through the Rocky Mountain Education Center. The WIA DX-RE program assisted with funding for her tuition.

Outcomes & Benefits

Kelly completed her 40 hour training in five days. Within 10 days after completion of her certificate, Kelly accepted a job as a Geochemist for the largest engineering firm of its kind, solely focused on the U.S. Environmental Sector, in Golden. Her starting pay is at $72,000.00 per year. After 4 months, Kelly was promoted to Health and Safety Officer. She continues to grow with the company and is being mentored by her boss to take over his position when he retires in two years.

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