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CDOT Central 70 Project Opens Career Training & Resource Center

12-Jul-2017 to 12-Jul-2017

CDOT recently celebrated the opening of a new neighborhood CareerTraining and Resource Center aimed at getting residents in and around north Denver ready to work on the expansion of Interstate 70. The center is located at 3600 E. 46th Avenue near Colorado Boulevard. It is a collaboration between CDOT, City of Denver, National Western Center, Community College of Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College, Colorado Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors, and GaryCommunity Investments (GCI).

This center brings together multiple construction training providers in a single location to deliver classroom and hands-on training in the construction crafts. The location within Elyria-Swansea neighborhood connects local residents with easily accessible job training and future career opportunities associated with the Central 70 Project and other nearby construction projects. 

Six courses will be offered with a flexible training schedule in a facility with three work bays, four hands-on training rooms and a yard designated for heavy equipment. The center will also host networking opportunities, including job fairs for construction careers, access to CDOT maintenance job listings, and outreach for Central 70 job openings. 

GCI joined in this work by investing more than $1 million in job training and support programs, marking the first time CDOT has partnered with a private foundation. Funding from GCI will support additional training classes along with support programs, like child care, that are critical to securing and retaining jobs in the construction industry. 

The training center and foundation investment will support a first-in-Colorado local hire program requiring that 20 percent of the Central 70 workforce, equivalent to approximately 350 local residents, be hired from 15 local neighborhoods adjacent to I-70 in Denver and Aurora.