Residents Offered Digital Skills Training in Libraries and Other Community Facilities to Meet Local Employer Needs
Grand County, CO (October 10, 2022) A digital workforce development initiative offering digital skills training is available at Grand County libraries. DigitalBridge virtual and in-person digital workforce training, provided at no cost to Grand County employers and residents, will deliver fast-track certifications and connect people directly to job opportunities. The first wave of participants is now being recruited.
The digital skills training and job pairing services are offered through WRC Connected Communities DigitalBridge (DigitalBridge), in partnership with Grand County Economic Development and the Freeport - McMoRan Foundation. DigitalBridge is also collaborating with the Colorado Broadband Office and its work initiatives.
DigitalBridge is partnering with local employers to provide customized digital skills training to fill local jobs. DigitalBridge offers more than 130 courses and certifications for digital-skills training and certifications that are matched with local employers’ needs for both on-site and remote positions.
“We are excited to support our residents and businesses with free digital skills training,” said Grand County Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler. “DigitalBridge supports training the future workforce and our goal to retain and grow businesses.”
Training is designed for people seeking to advance in a current career, start a digital career, or simply to learn digital skills for everyday life. Programs are matched with local employer needs, including both on-site and remote-work opportunities. The goal is to continue to upskill existing employees through their current employers, as well as importing new jobs and attracting new talent to Grand County.
“From IT, analytics, marketing, sales, customer service, operations and more, we partner with companies to tailor digital training programs to match employer needs, as well as offer customized training for upskilling teams of employees,” said Jeremy Kennell, the WRC’s DigitalBridge Program Director. “Training can take place at a business or in community training locations.”
DigitalBridge participants receive digital training, coaching, and job pairing matched to individual goals; in-person or remote learning at their own pace; assistance from a career coach to guide their efforts; and affordable devices in partnership with Microsoft. Participants may complete each program at their own pace, but most take anywhere from three to six weeks.
"DigitalBridge Grand County aligns with Freeport-McMoRan's Transforming Tomorrow Together objective," said Lalitha Christian, Strategic Community Development Manager, Henderson Mine and Mill. "The project exemplifies our commitment to work collaboratively with communities to develop skills that help build resiliency and strengthen communities."
“We are creating a new playbook to empower communities across the nation with connectivity and digital workforce training,” said Matthew Bauer, who leads WRC’s Connected Communities initiative. Bauer was recently appointed to serve on the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council.
Grand County residents and businesses seeking additional information are invited to email DigitalBridge Grand County at GrandCounty@mydigitalbridge.org or visit mydigitalbridge.org.
About the WRC
WRC is an independent nonprofit founded in 2010 as the Wireless Research Center to serve as a catalyst for collaborative innovation and technology-led economic development to improve communities. Today, WRC’s core initiatives are designed to improve wireless technologies, accelerate technology startups, support entrepreneurs, and spur economic development through education programs and digital job skills training. WRC is a partner with local governments, schools and companies, creating connections to integrate technology and innovation into the social fabric of communities and neighborhoods. WRC bridges technology and society to improve lives. For more information, visit www.wrc-us.org.
About the WRC’s Connected Communities DigitalBridge
Connected Communities DigitalBridge, a WRC initiative, bridges the digital divide with high-speed, open-access broadband networks, upskilling, and job creation and placement for underserved communities. For more information, visit www.connectedcommunities.tech.
Grand County DigitalBridge Contact