Workforce center schedules events

A series of events has been scheduled at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction as part of a statewide observance of Workforce Development Month.

The events are designed to promote awareness of the resources available to the 2.9 million people in the labor force in Colorado as well as the 196,000 businesses that employ them. The observance also will focus on such issues as skills gaps that present obstacles to hiring.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared September as Workforce Development Month. In his proclamation, Hickenlooper stated: “Colorado is finding ways to expand apprenticeships and work-based learning, encourage more diversity in hiring, enhance regional workforce development and ensure we are building the labor force that businesses need to make Colorado the best place to work in America.”

Workforce Development Month began in 2004 with a handful of events. It since has grown into an annual observance that includes an array of workshops, hiring events and employer seminars.

At the Mesa County Workforce Center, events will include:

A resume workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

A restaurant hiring event from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19.

A job fair boot camp from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 25.

A panel discussion from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

A LinkedIn workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26.

The annual Job Fest job fair is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The Mesa County Workforce Center is located at 512 29 1/2 Road. For more information about events and resources offered there, call 248-7560 or visit the website at An online calendar can be viewed at