New Communities

CareerWise is building the nation's first statewide modern youth apprenticeship program

New Community Resources

Bring Youth Apprenticeships to Your Community

CareerWise would like to begin discussions with Colorado communities who are interested in partnering with CareerWise for a launch in June of 2020 or beyond. We will likely expand into ONE additional community this cycle, with a larger cohort of new community partners to follow in subsequent years. Full applications will be due February 1st, 2019 and launch preparations will begin in May of 2019.

Building effective, modern youth apprenticeship requires commitment over an extended period. In other words—be patient, this work takes time, we’re taking a long-term view…


Becoming a New Community 

The Framework 

The community readiness framework documents are intended to help communities understand what must be in place in a community to demonstrate readiness for partnership as part of the application process. For many communities, this timeline will be challenging. As you will see in the framework overview and details, a significant amount of engagement and collaboration in your community is necessary to become ready. The following framework is designed to guide your community in documenting existing capacity and identifying areas where development will be required to establish community readiness.

This framework was built on lessons learned from successful engagement with multiple communities over the past two years, as well as others who have determined they are not yet ready to implement a youth apprenticeship program. It was also informed by lessons learned by a number of strong sector partnerships across the state.

While readiness preparation is complex and may involve a few heavy lifts in your community, the good news is that CareerWise Colorado and a number of state agencies are available to help you with different components of your plan. Throughout the framework detail, look for suggestions for organizations who you might want to reach out to for help with that component of the framework.

We look forward to your application!


Timeline & Next Steps

Please review the timeline below for milestones and deadlines associated with the current application cycle for CareerWise Colorado community launch in 2020:

*Please note: letters of intent must be submitted to CareerWise Colorado by August 31st.

To submit, send your letter of intent to  


In the documents below, you will find an overview of the CareerWise Colorado readiness framework, the detailed CareerWise Colorado readiness framework, a project plan that outlines activities, both pre and post application in preparation for the launch, and an online application form for 2020 partnerships that is due on February 1st, 2019.


Community Project Lead

Trying to identify the right person to be your community’s project lead? Click below to view to see our suggestions! *Your project lead will receive the tools and information needed to recruit businesses in your area when they attend our project lead training on November 12th in Denver, CO (see timeline above for more information).

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Local Lead Organization Profile

Wondering which organization should lead the charge and serve as the local leader in your community? Click the profile below for characteristics, responsibilities, & examples of organizations that could effectively serve in this role.

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Business Letter of Intent 

This fillable document can be used by businesses in your community who have already decided that they will host apprentices in the event your community is chosen as a CareerWise Community.

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K-12 Letter of Intent

Please have the school district from which your community will recruit apprentices complete this fillable document outlining their understanding of, ​and commitment to partnership with CareerWise Colorado. We also encourage district/school representatives such as teachers, counselors, principals and superintendents to send personal letters of support for the program to

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Design Parameters and Flexibilities

This document outlines the design parameters for CareerWise youth apprenticeships, identifying the core elements that define our apprenticeship model and the ways in which the model is flexible and adaptable to local needs.

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