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Colorado Career Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Colorado Career Network is to determine how to make potential customers aware of the resources available to assist them in accomplishing the vocational goals laid out in the No Child Left Behind Act.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries in Colorado include agriculture, tourism (especially skiing), health care, mining, oil, finance and manufacturing. Aerospace, electronics and telecommunications have been strong. Employment gains were led by leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and construction. Government is the largest sector, followed by professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.7%, as compared to 5.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Financial Activities
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Colorado has established a parents career Web site to orient parents or guardians to the career counseling process, provide them with some tools and encourage them to take advantage of the resources available to the local community.

• The state ACRN activities are housed within the community college system governing board, assisting the design of products that promote smooth transitions and the recruitment of secondary students into the community college system.

Primary Activities and Trainings

Colorado has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Fair for People with Disabilities
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• Labor Market Analysis
• National Career Development Guidelines
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• Real Game
• Regional workshops
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
Other 0

Primary Resources

Colorado has published the following resources:
• Planning Guide for Colorado Careers (2003 Edition)
• Online Career Data
• Planning Guide for Colorado Careers (2004)
• The Real Game Series
• A Job Seekers Guide for Ex-Offenders
• Job Vacancy Highlights (3—NW Rural, Upper Arkansas, and West & SW Regions)
• Job Hunting Guide for Citizens with Disabilities

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
• Colorado State University
• Office of Workforce Development

Collaborate on resources with:
• Colorado Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
• Colorado Department of Corrections
• Governor’s Office for Economic Development

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Yvonne Gilstrap
Colorado Community College System
9101 East Lowry Boulevard, Building 959
Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (303) 595-1607
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Education Services

Regional Contact Information