RMSER Workforce Development
Rocky Mountain SER Wordforce Offices offering free vocational and on the job training and opportunities to adult, youth, and dislocated workers in need of employment through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA is a federally funded program designed to increase the occupational skill level of participants and to improve the quality of Colorado’s work-force.
RMSER’s Workforce Division provides workforce development opportunities to individuals seeking employment and training services throughout many rural counties in Colorado. The division is primarily funded by grants under (a) the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), (b) the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Programs as contracted with the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (CRWC), and (c) United States Department of Labor’s (DOL)167 National Farmworker Jobs Program for Migrant/Seasonal Farmworkers.
Under the CRWC, both the South Central and Southeast Regions of Colorado are contracted with RMSER from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE). In addition, formula WIA Programs are administered by RMSER through local Workforce Centers in each region. RMSER’s South Central Region continues to provide services throughout a 14,558 square mile area encompassing eight rural counties including Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Mineral, Saquache and Rio Grande. These regions persist in having very high levels of unemployment and poverty in the State of Colorado. RMSER’s Southeast Region also continues to provide services in the counties of Otero, Prowers, Baca, Bent, Crowley and Kiowa. These largely agricultural areas operate on an economy that is primarily driven by agriculture and tourism.
Under the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), both Southeast and South Central Regions have received funding to provide additional workforce development services to adult and dislocated workers. ARRA also funded a Summer Youth Employment Program for in-school and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 to 24.
Both WIA and ARRA programs utilize a priority of service model when qualifying participants. Applicants must meet qualifying guidelines that are based on family size and income. Dislocated workers, however, need only to be unemployed and unlikely to return to their former occupation, or have been laid off due to a plant closure.
The following services are available to all participants of Workforce Division Programs:
- On-the-job training offering up to a 50% hourly pay reimbursement for employers training RMSER participants.
- Tuition assistance to RMSER participants attending post-secondary schools or private training institutions.
- Work experience opportunities for RMSER participants who have never worked or who lack the necessary skills to obtain employment, with 100% of their wages paid by RMSER’s Workforce Program on behalf of participants placed at private or public worksites.
- Transportation, clothing, tool and/or equipment assistance to participants during their training or employment periods, with food and rental assistance.
Job Readiness Class Job Training Locations: Alamosa, Lamar, La Junta, Monte Vista, Rocky Ford