Workforce Development & Training

A Workforce That Can Meet The Needs Of The Local Economy

The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation works directly with area employers to ensure that the Chaffee County workforce can meet the needs of the local economy. Working with partners such as Colorado Mountain College, CU Leeds School of Business, and Regional Sector Partnerships, the CCEDC can develop and facilitate customized business trainings to provide relevant, timely, and effective workforce development opportunities.

Chaffee County Receives Two Grant Awards to Support Entrepreneurs and Businesses

Chaffee County and the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) have been awarded two grants from the State of Colorado totaling over $30,000 to support entrepreneurs and businesses. The Certified Small Business Community award also designates Chaffee County as a “Certified Small Business Community” along with signs that will announce the County as supportive of small business. 

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (RED) grant for $21,000 will allow for greater access to the Small Business Development Center offices in Salida, provide for business “meet-ups,” and train businesses in “lean management”—continuous quality improvement process that allows for a better customer experience. 

The CCEDC, in partnership with Watershed, an entrepreneur-focused shared space in Buena Vista, is recognizing the new frontier of engagement by celebrating entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the County. The goal is to offer a variety of services, support, and engagement through the Chambers of Commerce, Watershed, the Small Business Development Center, and the CCEDC. The Salida Business Alliance is also participating in the collaboration and partnership.

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Workforce Development Trainings

-Transition to Supervision and Management
-Management Basics
-Customer Service Basics
-Microsoft Excel 101
-Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (Two-day seminar and interactive event)
-Entrepreneurial Leadership (Bi-annual, meeting monthly from Fall-Spring)

 Career Development and Youth Initiatives

-Spartan Heights construction program, Salida High School
-Unmanned Aerial Systems operator training course, Salida High School
-Careers Module and Mock Interviews, Chaffee County High School, Buena Vista
-Careers Module and Mock Interviews, Horizons Exploratory Academy, Salida
-Student Job and Career Fairs, Salida High School
-Student Job Fair, Buena Vista High School

Regional Higher Education Providers

Colorado Mountain College

Western State Colorado University

Adams State University

Do you have a specific training need for your business? Please complete the How Can We Help Form and we will contact you directly to discuss potential opportunities.