Education and Training for Business Success

To invite new, tax-generating industry, the county must provide a trained, qualified workforce to meet the hiring requirements of employers.

Training Is Key

A primary requirement of any industry is a trained, skilled workforce. Unfortunately, many residents of the county are not equipped to begin work.  The adult workforce needs to be trained to meet the needs of employers.  Training programs are available through the United States Department of Labor website and the Colorado Department of Labor website.

For many jobs, training is available through Rocky Mountain Service Employment Redevelopment (SER). In fact, there are dozens of basic opportunities available for those willing to work. Many of those jobs require some training, such as a CDL driver’s license.

Electricians, plumbers, and carpenters are in high demand, and for them, another form of training can come through apprenticeship, an opportunity to receive hands-on career training, an education, and a paycheck. Apprentices earn while they learn, reducing their need to take on debt and obtaining workplace-relevant knowledge and skills. Of course, any worker must be able to pass the required screening and background checks.

Especially in the post-COVID19 employment environment, while job training is key to gaining employment, one needs to be ready to step into available opportunities.

As your commissioner, I will work to locate satellite offices of Trinidad State Junior College and Pueblo Community College in the county to offer vocational degrees in computer technology, electrical, welding, plumbing, and the vocational, skilled and service jobs necessary to ignite a new industrial revolution.

Innovative K-12 Education

High-quality K-12 schools are a huge factor in drawing industry to an area since new business means new families of new employees.  As your Commissioner, I will work with the RE-1 and RE-2 school districts to promote unique and innovative educational opportunities to engage and inspire our students.

  • The RE-1 Board of Education has applied for a BEST Grant to build a new school campus and plans to float a new bond issue once the existing mill levy expires.  Its primary goal is to address the issues of non-college bound students buy offering a targeted program of vocational training.

 

  • Gardner Valley School is the county’s new K-8 charter school which will offer a creative curriculum suited to the unique needs of rural life.

 

  • La Veta RE-2 will soon break ground on their new campus to support 21st-century learning skills. They will have expanded science and technology programs and offer choices such as VoAg, culinary arts, entrepreneurial training, home economics, and auto mechanics, giving graduates training and skills to remain in the Cuchara Valley.

Besides enriching the lives of families already in Huerfano County, these educational options are also key to luring new businesses and their young, growing families.  I support the visions of both boards of education and will work tirelessly to bringing their visions a reality.