Center awarded for workforce development

The Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its workforce development efforts over the past year.

The center received an award for achieving goals as Mesa County retained certification as an ACT Work Ready Community.

“With Mesa County hitting our maintaining phase one and maintaining phase two goals shows that this is an integrated and valued initiative in Mesa County,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center. “We will continue to make the National Career Readiness Certificate and the ability to objectively map our skilled workforce a priority as we continue to support our local employers, job seekers and economic development partners.

Certification means Mesa County has taken steps to quantify the skills of the local labor force as well as help businesses analyze jobs to determine what training and skills are needed to perform them.

The award was presented at the ACT Workforce Summit in North Carolina.

“We are so happy to recognize and award our Work Ready Communities at our annual convening of workforce experts,” said Suzana Delanghe, president of measurement for ACT. “These participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, which is paramount to building stronger communities and fostering business and economic growth.”

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