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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS commissioned a skills gap report based on concerns that skills employers needed did not match the experience possessed by workers. The survey covered eight employer industry sectors were identified and more than 1,200 organizations were invited to participate. There were 291 participants. “From the […]
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See someone skiing on Tejon Street? It might be a Mountain Chalet employee on the way to work. Like most employers, the store’s owners want employees to get to work when it snows, if they can. But most also put safety first. Your employees should know what’s expected of them when it snows, human resources […]
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Goods and services exported from businesses in the Pikes Peak region account for 40 percent of all business and nonprofit revenue in the area, said Tom Binnings, senior partner of Summit Economics LLC. And that’s good news for the local economy. “The economic foundation [of a region] is based on how much you export from […]
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As of the last day of June, there were 73,938 adults on probation statewide, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch’s 2015 annual statistical report. Those who land a career quickly following their release have the best chance at maintaining their freedom — but that isn’t always easy. A panel organized by the Colorado Springs Human […]
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Controversy surrounded Colorado’s minimum wage increase even before it passed in the November 2016 election, and that hasn’t changed more than a year later as local business owners remain divided on the subject. About 55 percent of Colorado voters were in favor of Amendment 70, which incrementally raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 in […]
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If women received the same pay as their male counterparts for doing the same work, Colorado’s gross state product would grow by $9.2 billion. That’s the message from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, a statewide nonprofit focused on economic and workplace issues for women across the state. The group is hosting its annual luncheon in […]
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A free online tool that tells students, job seekers and employers everything they need to know about the local labor market has just turned a year old and is ready to mature from a mighty toddler to a workforce development superhero. To help the Workforce Asset Map evolve even more, its backers are inviting employers […]
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The region’s educational landscape is undergoing purposeful change, and those changes could mean a better-prepared workforce. In a growing number of communities, to include Colorado Springs, nontraditional educational opportunities have expanded conventional learning, which has been criticized for turning out students with a vast array of basic knowledge but few applicable, real-world skills. Some experts […]
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It’s almost all good news for Colorado Springs in the state economic outlook released last month. According to the 2018 Colorado Business Economic Outlook, the city is seeing a better standard of living thanks to increased productivity; El Paso County added more than 10,100 jobs in the past year; and the Springs is expected to […]
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A few years ago, Kiyontus Allen was moving in the wrong direction — and didn’t know how to stop. Sure, he’d graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School on time back in 2013, but he’d floundered ever since,  and lacked motivation and purpose. “After high school, I was kind of a lazy guy,” Allen said. “I […]
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Summer jobs used to be a rite of passage for many American teenagers. “It’s when you get that initial experience of dealing with customers and handling money and other skills associated with working,” said Jennifer Sweet, owner of Colorado Sno-Balls, at 5698 S. U.S. Hwy 85. “Everybody just needs someone to take a chance on […]
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Lauren Ferguson checks all the boxes of a quality employee. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, she loves helping people and is never above learning new things. However, Ferguson’s various developmental disabilities mean finding stability in the workplace is often a struggle for the 19-year-old Colorado Springs resident. As a child, she was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity […]
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