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  • Economic & Workforce Development
  • Grant Opportunities

    Provided through the Colorado State Office of Economic Development

    The Colorado First & Existing Industry Grant is a State funded grant whose mission is to provide customized job training programs to companies that are locating or expanding in Colorado. The program will increase transferable job skills that support both the company's economic competitiveness by re-training its workers in new skills, while enhancing the workers' resumes and long-term employment opportunities. 

    There are two sides of the grant:

    Colorado First Customized Job Training Program
    Colorado First is intended for new hires. The grant may provide:

    • Instructor's wages
    • Curriculum Development
    • The purchase of consumable training supplies


    Colorado Existing Industry Job Training Program
    This program provides assistance to established Colorado businesses in order to:

    • Remain competitive
    • Adapt to new technology
    • Prevent layoffs

    All grant applications for both programs must meet the following criteria:

    • Maximum grant award of $800.00 per employee.
    • All grant-funded training must be customized to meet the company's specific needs.
    • Grant funded training must be for permanent, full-time, non-seasonal, non-retail positions in the state of Colorado, which have significant career opportunities and require substantive instruction.
    • Applicant companies must pay for a minimum of 40% of the total training costs.
    • Grants will only be awarded to companies that meet a sustainable wage threshold: in urban areas, employers must pay an average wage of at least $11.96/hour; average wages in rural areas must be at least $9.79/hour.
    • An on-site visit of the applicant company is required.
    • A financial evaluation of the applicant company is required. (Existing Industry only)


    For more information contact Kathy Cox at Pueblo Community College (719) 549-3342 or Kathy.cox@pueblocc.edu

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    Economic and Workforce Development

    Pueblo Campus
    Gorsich Advanced Technology Center
    900 West Orman Avenue
    GC 201 B
    Pueblo, CO 81004
    Phone: 719-549-3320
    Toll-Free: 866-478-3256
    FAX: 719-549-3462
    technology@pueblocc.edu

    Southwest Colorado Community College
    970-247-2929 x7238
    Tomas.German-Palacios@pueblocc.edu