Colorado Mountain College offering class for job seekers
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Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – Unemployed for one year, Erin Galbreath was intrigued to see a notice about a job-skills workshop at Colorado Mountain College.
Eight months later, she started working full time as a registrar at Women’s Health Associates in Glenwood Springs. And she credits the skills and job-search tips she learned from the workshops and an online program with helping her land the position.
“I really needed to build my resume and tailor it to each job,” Galbreath said. “They helped me sort through my resume and learn how to present myself in the best light.”
Galbreath’s experience is matched by many other job seekers. Hundreds of people received not only job training and support at the college’s locations in Rifle and Glenwood Springs; many found work after attending the workshops.
Thanks to an ongoing partnership between Colorado Workforce Centers, the college and others, Eagle County residents can now get the same help. Each Monday, from noon to 4 p.m., job seekers can go to the college’s computer lab in Edwards for unstructured, drop-in periods, called “Go2Workshops,” and get help on any topic related to computer skills and job seeking.
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In a recent survey of 230 workshop participants in Garfield County, 56 percent of the 96 respondents said they had found work, said Jill Ziemann, director of the Go2Work program for the college. Since the program’s start in Garfield County less than three years ago, more than 450 participants have taken workshops in that county.
At the end of 2011, according to the state labor department, Eagle County had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent, compared with the state’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate.
Mary Cunningham, an employment specialist at the Colorado Workforce Center in Edwards, said Go2Workshops provide a site for intensive job search for area job seekers; they complement the one-on-one services the Workforce Center supplies and provide a group setting where job seekers can learn from one another, in addition to the trainers and online information provided in the Go2Workshops.
The Edwards workshops are monitored by Mark Fitzwater, who has helped about 20 people since the program began on Jan. 16.
“We had a 79-year-old woman who wanted some help with a resume and cover letter,” he said. “And I’ve had someone 21 years old and barely able to speak English.”
Funds for the Edwards workshops come from Eagle County Health and Human Services, the college campus in Edwards and a grant from the Anschutz Family Foundation, Ziemann said.
Mike McKibbin works in the public information office of Colorado Mountain College.