Local governments, colleges, school districts and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center have created an extensive online resource for employers, potential workers and students seeking information about the job market.
The Workforce Asset Map at WAM.uccs.edu is not meant to be a job board to match employers with employees but instead is intended to connect employers with internship and apprenticeship programs offered through local colleges and school districts.
The site also offers access to labor market information, résumé and interviewing tips, job search information and continuing education programs as well as wage and job demand data. Access to the site is free and includes links to more than 60 resources, with more to come.
Tatiana Bailey, director of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Economic Forum, led the effort to develop the site after a panel discussion on workforce issues during the forum's annual economic presentation. The working group also included representatives from the workforce center, the city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC, the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and Harrison School District 2.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called the Workforce Asset Map "an innovative new tool for Colorado Springs' growing job market. While the local economy has been very strong, workforce development is needed to expand the pool of available workers and those workers need to know where the jobs are." He made the comments Tuesday during a news conference at the City Administration Building while unveiling the new site, which has attracted interest from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and is the first of its type in the nation, workforce center officials said.
Jesse Mutzebaugh, owner of New Vista Digital, a Colorado Springs website design and digital marketing firm that helped design the site, said if "this tool had been available when I was finishing my degree, it would have reduced the time I spend on researching the workforce and job market to hours."
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