Credential Attainment and Work-Based Learning


Credential Attainment and Work-Based Learning Overview

Why Credential Attainment and Work-Based Learning are Critical to Economic and Social Mobility

The Rocky Mountain Partnership agrees that economic and social mobility is ultimately about ensuring ALL community members can provide for themselves and their families and the economy is thriving. This work is even more essential as the region recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

In order for this to happen:

  • An individual needs to be employed and earn a self-sufficient income in order to support themselves and their families
  • Education, training, skills, and access to basic needs are critical to earning a self-sufficient income
  • Education, training, and skills are critical for a talented workforce which will attract, retain, and grow businesses and industries crucial to overall economic vitality

Colorado is growing and so is the need for a talented workforce.

Colorado has the sixth-fastest population growth in the United States and the Rocky Mountain Partnership region (Adams County, City and County of Broomfield, City of Aurora) is one of the fastest-growing in the state in both populations and employment (Source: 2020 U.S. Census).

Critical to the economic and social mobility of our community members and the success of the economy as the region recovers from COVID-19 is a person’s ability to earn a skill, credential, or degree that supports them to stay competitive in an ever-changing job market.

However the opportunities a person has to earn a skill, credential, or degree that ladders to a self-sufficient wage are far from equitable. To learn more about the equity gaps that exist for marginalized populations in the Current State, and to see how the Partnership defines “Credential Attainment,” click on the tabs to the left.

The Partnership’s Work

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is working collectively to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and close equity gaps for marginalized populations.

The collective work around Credential Attainment is building on the Adams County Community Response and Recovery Effort and other regional initiatives in order to improve long-term economic and social mobility.

In order to increase the number of community members earning a skill, credential, or degree, the Partnership has adopted two areas of focus to date, with more to be added in 2022.

  1. Better coordinate and improve existing navigation and wraparound services to support community members to attain a credential along the journey to earning a self-sufficient wage
  2. Collaborate on current efforts to connect with community members to improve and increase the awareness, accessibility, and engagement in credential opportunities

Join the Credential Attainment CAN

Click the button below or scan the QR code to learn about eligibility, the commitment, and what you gain from joining the Credential Attainment Collaborative Action Network.

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