Central 70 Workforce Development ProgramQuarterly Report Submission #6November 2017-December 2017Submitted: January 2018

Quarterly OverviewChange in Reporting CycleThe sixth quarter was shortened by one month to align thereporting cycles for this FHWA OJT-SS grant and the CommunityCollege of Denver’s Center for Workforce Initiatives (CWI). Thisreport includes only those activities that were completed duringNovember and December 2017. The next report will resume theprior three-month schedule. The Tracking Outcomes table onpages 6 reflects this change.Development of Collaborative Model:Branding, Reporting, and LaunchThe collaborative approach to address systemic employmentbarriers, which was developed using priorities identified byconstruction sector workforce stakeholders at CDOT’s RoundTables, continued with intensive coordination sessions led by CWIand their branding and communications consultants, RNR andCombs Communication Partners. These sessions were funded byGary Community Investments, but the programmatic structureswill directly influence the collective impact of training andresource partners to benefit workforce development for Central 70.The official brand is set to launch in mid-February 2018.Colorado Resource Partners (CORE), integrates eight resourceand recruiting organizations and nine technical training partnersfor comprehensive construction workforce readiness and careersuccess. CORE presents the employment platform, WORKNOW,which will place, retain, and advance workers on Central 70 andother regional infrastructure or enterprise projects to build incomesfor families through high-wage jobs and targeted resource support.WORKNOW participants include all individuals accessingtraining and/or supportive service resources through CORE, notlimited to activities funded by this FHWA OJT-SS grant.Quarter #6 KeyAccomplishments The Central 70 WorkforceDevelopment Programmet its annual goals forparticipants, trainees,and individuals employedin the constructionsector. On Nov. 4, Central 70hosted a ConstructionOpen House at theNeighborhood TrainingCenter. Both Training andResource partnersassociated with theCentral 70 WorkforceDevelopment Programattended. Forty-one arearesidents attended, and34 of these attendeesrequested additionalinformation.As the inaugural, catalytic project utilizing WORKNOW, Central70 is one of several WORKNOW funders, as well as a keybeneficiary of WORKNOW services. Even WORKNOWparticipants who have not received services directly funded byCentral 70 will be eligible for recruitment on the project. For thisreason, all future quarterly reports will identify both, 1) all trainingand supportive services offered by WORKNOW, and 2) thoseactivities funded by Central 70. This will accurately reflect theincreased overall impact of a collective model when multiplefunders strategically leverage their investments.Page 1

In the Tracking Outcomes table on page 6, “WORKNOW: Central 70” participants include individualsaccessing WORKNOW activities that this federal grant funded fully or in part.Neighborhood Training CenterIn the sixth quarter, training and resource activities continued at the Neighborhood Training Center (NTC)located in Elyria-Swansea, a community adjacent to I-70 that is impacted most by the project. In addition tothe CWI career coach, a Colorado-based nonprofit, mpowered, began staffing financial coaches at the NTC.mpowered coaches noted that the NTC provided a closer location for some of their clients living near I-70.Strategic PartnershipWORKNOW activities are separated into three major categories: 1) Targeted Outreach andRecruitment, 2) Training and Job Readiness, and 3) Placement and Retention.This quarter, 53 individuals were enrolled in WORKNOW; 21 of those 53 (40%) were funded directly withCentral 70 funds. This report includes all WORKNOW participants and activities. Activities funded partiallyor entirely by Central 70 are denoted by an asterisk (*); even WORKNOW participants who have not receivedservices directly funded by Central 70 will be eligible for recruitment on the project, thus leveraging funds toincrease placement, retention, and advancement of workers on infrastructure projects, including Central 70.1. Targeted Outreach and RecruitmentConstruction Open House*CDOT and CWI co-hosted a Construction Open House at the NTC on Nov. 4, 2017. The event was forlocal residents interested in learning more about construction training and resource programs. 41 arearesidents attended, 34 of attendees requested additional information through a sign-in process, and 25completed intake paperwork to access one of the featured partner resources. The top reason for attendancewas a desire to get a job in construction. The second highest reason identified by attendees was the needfor more advanced skill upgrades, followed by a need for basic industry skills training.Peer-to-Peer Sessions*CWI continued using the peer-to-peer concept, which engages local residents from historically underrepresented groups, including women and people of color, who have been successful in the constructionindustry. CWI conducted a peer-to-peer outreach session at the Montbello Recreation Center on Nov. 15,2017. Five local training partners and peer speakers participated in the peer-to-peer community session.Peer Pathway material has been integrated into the Central 70 website and used to market trainingprograms. The next round of civil construction peer pathways posters are currently in production andshould be available by the next operational quarter.Industry-wide Knowledge Sharing*CWI and CDOT are working with the Denver Metro Construction Sector Partnership to develop a regionalindustry website promoting industry occupations in general. This site is expected to launch in late spring2018 and serves to provide a more positive general industry image to job seekers who want to learn moreabout the industry. This site features photos, videos and success stories of local individuals working in thetrades with links training organization information.Networking and Mentoring Sessions*Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) and CWI co-sponsored an informal networking session on Nov.14 at the NTC. HCC co-sponsored an informal networking session on Nov. 14 at the NTC. The intent ofPage 2

this event was to provide support and career advancement information for current construction industryemployees and individuals seeking to build their career or potentially open their own industry specificbusiness. Eleven WorkNow participants attended the first session, with networking programming providedby Hispanic Colorado Contractors Academy.2. Training and Job ReadinessSupportive Services*Eighteen of the 53 WORKNOW participants (34%) accessed supportive service resources including buspasses or personal protective equipment (PPE). The most utilized resource was transit assistance, followedby work boots. Since program launch, transit assistance included bus passes and bus tickets.This grant paid for 14 pairs of women’s work boots and 14 bus passes.Career CoachingForty-five of the 53 WORKNOW participants (85%), accessed an intensive career planning session with aCWI coach. These sessions include resume review, interview prep and training counsel depending onparticipant interest or need. Sessions resulted in the completion of a personalized plan of advancement, orPOA, to help participant set short and long-term training and employment career goals.Training ReferralsForty-eight of the 53 WORKNOW participants (91%) were referred to begin training and local partners.Forty-four of the 48 (92%) referred completed their training within this timeframe.Training Partner Programs:Core Craft Skills Overview Construction Careers Now (CCN):* Twelve individuals completed this 48-hour basic skills bootcamp. Completion by local residents was the highest it has ever been in September, with a steadyincrease of local enrollment since the class relocated to Central 70’s Neighborhood Training Center.The CCN recruiters continued holding office hours at the NTC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. CDOTand CWI will continue coordinating with the CCN recruiters to improve recruitment and retention oflocal residents. Sessions in January, February, and March are already scheduled for 2018. JATC Pre-Apprenticeship:* 104-hour pre-apprenticeship training providing core craft skillsinstruction and trade awareness. This will feed into multiple building trades registered apprenticeshippartners. Despite some coordination delays, this course is still expected to take place in Spring 2018.Basic Industry Skills Colorado Construction Association (CCA):CDL B Training and Test PreparationCDL B training and CDL test preparation assistance continued in this quarter, the next report willinclude further updates. This course is on track to achieve its target goal by Feb. 2018.Heavy Equipment TrainingTen individuals completed Heavy Equipment Training. December’s classes were focused on backhoetraining. While Central 70 did not fund these classes, they were held at the NTC.Page 3

Industry Upgrades Denver Housing Authority (DHA): Five individuals completed DHA’s OSHA 10 and Flaggingtraining courses.Concrete Safety Fundamentals Colorado Homebuilding Academy (HBA): HBA continued its 18-hour Concrete and SafetyFundamentals courses. Eleven individuals completed the course this quarter.Curriculum DevelopmentFocus Points Resource Center developed a contextual English/Math curriculum. Initial feedback suggeststhe curriculum should place additional emphasis on basic math skills. CDOT is looking at ways to adjustand expand use of this curriculum.3. Placement and RetentionCDOT and Kiewit Meridiam Partners, the Central 70 developer, are currently working toward notice toproceed for design work. CDOT, CWI, and Kiewit Meridiam Partners will meet to discuss a process forreferring WORKNOW participants for job opportunities on the project. Construction is expected to beginthis summer.While project-specific hiring is not expected to occur until later this year, CWI staff and training partnerefforts are connecting current program enrollees with job opportunities on other local projects. Thishappens through several mechanisms including—direct contractor requests to CWI and Denver WorkforceServices, a hiring fair following each Construction Careers Now course, and employer requests topartnering training providers. CWI anticipates that project specific hiring events will begin in March 2018to support contractors initiating scopes on Central 70.Fifteen WORKNOW participants secured employment this quarter. Of the 53 new enrollees, 10 enteredimmediately into job search, with 7 securing employment in November or December. The remaining 43are active in training and skills development phases.Positions hired included equipment operators, drivers, flaggers and craft apprentices. The average startingwage for the 15 total participants securing positions in November and December was 15.76Status of Activities and Deliverables Community Job Readiness and Workforce Needs Assessment: Completed in Aug. 2016. Training Sessions/Supportive Services: Task order #2 has been executed with the CommunityCollege of Denver. This task order focuses on pointing trainees towards existing training programsthrough the partners described above. The focus areas for this task order are to develop and facilitateprogram monitoring and tracking mechanisms, provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)resources to individuals, deliver industry outreach sessions to residents across the local hire area,provide training courses through existing training programs, provide post-training supportive servicesto trainees, as well as develop customized content for future training courses. Targeted Outreach and Networking Activities: CDOT and CWI completed the first round of “PeerPathway” training materials. Materials are being used to inform and educate local residents aboutPage 4

construction craft and professional service pathways. Based on success of initial materials, GaryCommunity Investments has committed to partnering with CDOT for the development of a secondround of Peer Pathway materials. CWI initiated a second contract to produce five additional civilconstruction pathway documents including a photo shoot. CWI is currently identifying five-to-sevenindividuals for RNR to interview for creation of materials. Workforce Development Website and Smartphone Application:Workforce Development Website: Completed Fall 2017 ( branding for CORE and WORKNOW launch in February 2018, direct links to the futureWORKNOW website will be added.Job App: In the interim, CDOT is using LCPtTracker software for the payroll and OJT tracking duringthe project. LCPtracker is in the development phase for a workforce manager application that willallow WORKNOW coaches to track completed trainings and certifications. CDOT is also startingconversations with HBA, a training partner with IT expertise, to develop an app that would integratethis LCPtracker data in a way that can be used by job seekers and employers to facilitate hiring ease. Understanding Marijuana & Drug Free Work Zones Brochure: This brochure was developed withindustry-partner feedback. Final edits are complete, and we are awaiting printing. Expected: Winter2017 A Final Draft is attached in the Appendix to this report.Page 5

Tracking OutcomesTraining programs were officially launched in Q3, and annual goals are being tracked accordingly.ObjectivesOverallTargetedOutreach andRecruitmentTraining andJobReadinessPlacementand RetentionDemographicBreakdown ofWorkNow:Central 70†ParticipantsKey MetricsNumber of WorkNow* ParticipantsNumber of WorkNow: Central 70†ParticipantsNumber of WorkNow* Participants UtilizingSupportive Services§Number of WorkNow: Central 70†Participants Utilizing Supportive Services§Number of Individuals Attending WorkNow:Central 70† Construction Outreach SessionsNumber of Individuals Attending WorkNow*Construction Outreach SessionsNumber of WorkNow* ConstructionOutreach SessionsNumber of Individuals Enrolled in WorkNow:Central 70† training programsNumber of Individuals CompletingWorkNow: Central 70† training programsPercent of Individuals Completing WorkNow:Central 70† training programs (Annual Only)Number of WorkNow: Central 70†Training/Certificate Courses OfferedNumber of Individuals Enrolled inWorkNow* training programsNumber of Individuals CompletingWorkNow* training programsPercent of Individuals CompletingWorkNow* training programs (Annual Only)Number of WorkNow* Placements inConstruction Industry Jobs, not Central 70Number of WorkNow* Placements inConstruction Industry OJTtrainee/apprenticeshipsAverage WorkNow* Participant StartingWageNumber of WorkNow* Placements in Jobs onCentral 70Number of WorkNow* Placements in Central70OJT trainee/apprenticeships onAverage Starting Wage for WorkNow*Individuals Placed on Central 70Percentage of WorkNow* IndividualsRetained after 90 days (Annual Only)Gender: Percentage of Female ParticipantsVeteran: Percentage of Participants who areVetsRace: Percentage of Non-White ParticipantsEducation: Percentage of Participants withHS/GED or lessFeb17-Apr17Q311May 17Jul 17Q442Aug 17Oct 17Q547114266Nov 17Dec 361146303432102N/AN/AN/AN/A89%31624155803238 15.50 15.17 16.03 15.76 annually40annually75%* WorkNow Participants are all individuals accessing training and/or supportive service resources through the WorkNow construction workforcecollaborative, which focuses on helping individuals find and keep good jobs in construction, including but not limited to the Central 70 Project.Page 6

† Reference to “WorkNow: Central 70” means WorkNow activities funded fully or in part by this federal grant, inclusive of individuals working onCentral 70. The Central 70 Project is both a funding member and key beneficiary of WorkNow. WorkNow participants who have not receivedservices funded by the Central 70 project will still be recruited to work on Central 70, funds from multiple partners is being leveraged to increaseoverall impact.§WorkNow supportive services include transportation support, PPE, and other wrap-around services, such as child care resources, needed forindividuals to access training and/or job opportunities. WorkNow: Central 70 funding is used only for those supportive services approved byFHWA.Green Goal is met or on-track.Yellow Goal is not on-track to be metBudget UpdateThe Community College of Denver is currently conducting activities under task order #2, which is funded bythe awarded OJT Supportive Services grant in the amount of 177,75.95. To date, CWI has invoiced CDOT 76,138.36 under task order #2. The remaining balance on this FHWA grant is 323,861.64Page 7

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industry. CWI conducted a peer-to-peer outreach session at the Montbello Recreation Center on Nov. 15, 2017. Five local training partners and peer speakers participated in the peer-to-peer community session. Peer Pathway material has been integrated into the Central 70 websi