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New Community Readiness Framework

Welcome to the CareerWise Colorado Youth Apprenticeship Community Readiness Framework; we are excited that conversations about youth apprenticeships have begun in your community!

CareerWise is launching a three-year pilot to implement youth apprenticeships in partnership with a range of Colorado communities in a range of business sectors. At the time of creating this readiness framework, CareerWise has established the full set of community partners for the first year of the pilot, which corresponds with the 2017-18 school year. The initial community education partners include: Colorado Early College Fort Collins, Grand Junction, STEM Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colorado Early College’s Ft. Collins campus, and a number of school districts in the Denver metro area including: Arrupe Jesuit High School, Cherry Creek School District, Denver Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools.

This framework was built on lessons learned from direct engagement with these communities as well as others who have determined they are not yet ready to implement a youth apprenticeship program. It was also informed by historical lessons learned by a number of strong sector partnerships across the state. We are certain we will continue to learn and this framework will continue to evolve, but this version of the framework will be the one we use to make decisions about additional partnerships in the second year of the pilot, which corresponds to the 2018-19 school year.

CareerWise Colorado has a growth plan for the remaining years of the pilot, and, assuming a successful pilot, the years immediately following the pilot. This plan, based on both organizational priorities and capacity, states that CareerWise Colorado will actively seek partnerships with rural communities for the 2018-19 and 19-20 program years. We are already engaged with some rural communities in the mountains, western slope and eastern plains. We also believe there are other rural communities that are interested in beginning the process of evaluating their readiness. CareerWise Colorado is currently developing a toolkit designed especially for rural communities to help them with the challenging task of establishing community readiness and focuses on the unique challenges rural communities face.

We are also aware of some larger communities interested in joining the pilot in year 2 or 3. While our priority is partnership with rural communities, we are open to partnering with one or two additional large communities. However, because of the scale of work required to partner in large population centers, those communities will need to independently get further along the path to readiness to qualify for participation during the pilot years.

For any community hoping to participate in the 2018-19 school year, readiness will need to be demonstrated by July 31, 2017.

For many communities, this timeline will be challenging. As you will see in the framework, a significant amount of engagement and collaboration in your community is necessary to become ready. The following framework was designed to guide your community in documenting existing capacity and identifying areas where development will be required to establish community readiness. Ultimately, CareerWise Colorado will evaluate what communities provide in response to this framework to make decisions about partnerships for the 2018-19 school year.