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Career Boost provides training programs for the region's underemployed labor pool

Colorado Springs -- October 19, 2017 -- Pikes Peak Community College, School District 11 Adult & Family Education and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center have collaborated to develop Career Boost, a program designed to help underemployed and undereducated people in our community get affordable, accelerated training to quickly attain local jobs in manufacturing, information technology and child development.

The partner organizations received a grant from the Department of Labor allowing them to find and recruit this under-served labor pool and provide training to fill needed positions. The grant was developed because of the severe labor shortages in these particular fields in our region.

Pikes Peak Community College, School District 11 Adult & Family Education and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center are recruiting those who may not have graduated high school or have low skills that prevent them getting sustainable employment. Candidates may be those looking for a second chance career or earning a minimum wage and wanting a better opportunity to support themselves or their family.

Career Boost was designed using an educational model that integrates adult education practices and skills training, called I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program). The concept is to provide the math and English skills needed in a specific field while simultaneously teaching the required technical skills.

About the program:

  • Manufacturing training programs include welding, electronic soldering and assembly and production technician.
  • Training programs in information technology and child development will also be offered.
  • Team teaching is at the core of the I-BEST model.
  • One-on-one support is provided from sign up to job placement.
  • The program offered its first class on September 18, 2017, and will offer additional classes on November 6, 2017, January 16, 2018 and March 5, 2018.
  • The first six-week introductory class is free. Additional classes which build on previously learned skills are from $50-75 each.
  • Classes are offered evenings and weekends so people can continue to work during the training.

For more information or to sign up, visit or call 719-502-2404.

About PPCC
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers 158 associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to over 19,000 students annually.

About School District 11 Adult and Family Education
Adult and Family Education provides quality educational experiences that equip all students for success as parents, citizens and workers.

About Pikes Peak Workforce Center
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center promotes the economic vitality of the Pikes Peak region by connecting vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.