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CWEE’s CEO, Laurie Harvey, recently attended the National Skills Coalition Summit in Washington DC. More than 270 workforce advocates, employers, and community college leaders from 29 states participated. Laurie spent a day “up on the Hill” visiting Senators Bennet and Gardner as well as six of our Congressional offices. Our Colorado attendees included Frank Waterous of The Bell Policy Center, Paula Schriefer of Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning and Chaer Robert of Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
Laurie and her team advocated for seven different policies from the Skills Coalition’s legislative agenda- including expanding access to Pell grants, supporting adult education funding, fully funding the new WIOA workforce legislation, as well as reauthorizing TANF legislation. The workforce and education policies discussed will all improve the lives of low income Coloradans and the participants that CWEE serves.
"CWEE has helped me build my self-esteem. I feel worthy and inspired to do something positive everyday. Because of my wonderful experience at CWEE, I’m able to share it with others."
– Shawan, Alumni Award Winner 1998 & former CWEE staff member for 13 years
"I sit on many boards and councils but the endeavor that I am most passionate about is sitting on the Board of Directors for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE helps individuals receiving TANF get the education and skills necessary to obtain viable employment putting them in a position to eventually transition off of public assistance and hopefully out of poverty."
– Taryn Lewis,
Board of Directors
"CWEE has given me the confidence I need and brought me some hope through this difficult time in my life. I am really grateful to be here."
– Michelle, CWEE Participant
CWEE has been a wonderful and positive experience for me. I’ve updated my skills and am preparing to re-enter the workforce. It has revived my self-worth.
– Rochelle, CWEE Participant
"One of the highlights of my year is taking pictures of the women and men of CWEE. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the graduates of this program, and especially the Alumni Award Winners."
– Whitney Yeager,
Whitney Yeager Photography
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
Nearly 30% of CWEE’s participants are homeless and in need of basic essentials. Dozens of generous organizations and individuals have contributed to building these packs that are now offered to our participants. These packs include basic essentials like shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream and razors. We will also be providing baby packs to our participants who’ve recently welcomed a new addition to their family! Our baby packs include essentials like baby wash, shampoo, lotion and diaper cream. If you're interested in hosting a hygiene drive, or donating unused hygiene or baby products, please contact Caitie Neice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-892-8444 ext. 344
On January 28th, CWEE’s Leadership Board gathered more than 30 community volunteers to help paint CWEE’s classrooms. By applying a fresh new coat, CWEE can provide our participants with a dignified and clean space to learn. Special thanks to all our volunteers, and to Imhoff Painting for their expertise and to Sherwin-Williams for donating the paint and supplies! See gallery here.
The Colorado Center for Law and Policy in tandem with the University of Washington released Colorado’s 2015 Self-Sufficiency Standard. This measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs. Click here to read the full report
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