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Adams County Workforce and Business Center

Ideas Exchange - WIOA

Community Challenge/Problem

The Adams County Workforce & Business Center is preparing for the transition to the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and the requirement of work-based learning through work experiences. In order to meet the funding requirement, we need to increase the number of paid work experiences we offer significantly.

Board Solution/Innovation

Our Business Development Representative attended an idea exchange through Colorado Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) on internships with Denver-Metro area nonprofit organizations. The goal was to discuss strategies for finding interns, best practices for starting internship programs, effective supervision techniques, and other ideas.

Outcomes & Results

As a representative of the workforce system to nonprofit sector representatives, the Adams County Workforce & Business Center was able to represent the services offered to these community partners as business partners, including paid work experiences through the WIOA youth program and other training opportunities for job seekers. We were also able to make contacts with several local organizations interested in offering youth work experience opportunities or discussing it as a new idea with their organizations. Several participants had never considered the workforce center as a resource for volunteer talent or internship opportunities, and some others who had been connected gave positive reviews of working with their local counties.

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