Wednesday June 14, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- Swiftpage, maker of Act! and a leading provider of software and services that help small and mid-sized businesses grow, announced a partnership with CareerWise Colorado at the Youth Apprentice Signing Day event June 13.
Swiftpage said the partnership will serve as part of the company’s overall commitment to youth and the constantly evolving business community in the Denver area by helping provide today’s students with the skills they will need to effectively meet the needs of tomorrow’s local businesses.
CareerWise is working to shape Colorado’s workforce through innovative, business-led youth apprenticeships. The nonprofit coordinates apprenticeships among businesses, students and educators that create long-term impact.
Students completing the program earn wages while gaining real-world skills, industry credentials and college credit that provide them with options to enter the workplace in high-paying jobs or continue their education.
Participating local businesses benefit from the program as they take a more hands-on approach to building their own skilled and loyal workforces.
As part of the partnership with CareerWise, Swiftpage said it will host two apprentices in the pilot year of the program -- one software QA tester and one computer technician -- with plans to add more apprenticeships in coming years.
“As a member of the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission and the leader of a technology company headquartered in Denver, I am extremely excited for the launch of this program,” said H. John Oechsle, Swiftpage CEO.
“There has been a need for something like this program for a long time. The world is changing, and it’s changing fast. I am so honored to work with CareerWise to provide these types of opportunities to better prepare our next generation workforce.”
For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit www.careerwisecolorado.org.
Established by the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission created by Gov. John Hickenlooper and chaired by Noel Ginsburg of Intertech Plastics, CareerWise Colorado will launch in school districts in metro Denver, Fort Collins and the Western Slope.
20,000 youth apprentices -- or about 10 percent of Colorado students in their last two years of high school -- are expected to participate by 2027.