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Mesa County, Colorado
The Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its workforce development efforts over the past year.
The center received an award for achieving goals as Mesa County retained certification as an ACT Work Ready Community.
Mesa County remains the first and only certified Work Ready Community in Colorado. But that could soon change.
Efforts are underway to expand the program in other West Slope counties, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction.
Officials at the Workforce Center say they started working towards this goal about a year ago.
Officials say that being a Workforce Ready Community means showing local employers what Mesa County's skilled work force looks like.
In order to receive this award from the National Career Readiness Certificate, the Workforce Center tested job seekers and current employers on math, reading and the ability to locate information.
Even as the Mesa County labor pool drains, a variety of efforts are under way to maintain a pipeline of qualified job applicants.
The staff at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction set some goals for its mission to match people looking for jobs with businesses looking for applicants.