November is Colorado Apprenticeship Appreciation Month! Apprenticeships remain a very important resource for businesses, job seekers and students alike. The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with various organizations to provide robust apprenticeship opportunities in the Grand Valley.

As many local employers have experienced, finding qualified early career talent is increasingly more difficult expensive, competitive, and time-consuming. Through the Grand Junction CareerWise framework, employers gain access to early-career talent that can be shaped into loyal, skilled employees who generate positive ROI, rejuvenate company culture, and develop a long-term, sustainable talent pipeline for hard-to-fill roles.

Finding qualified early-career talent is increasingly expensive, competitive, and time-consuming. The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce alongside School District 51 and CareerWise Colorado, provides a talent solution for companies of all industries and sizes.

CareerWise modern youth apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning. GJACC partners at D51 to recruit and vet students who are ready to work. Students undergo career readiness and soft skills training before and during their apprenticeship over two years.

CareerWise is a great way for businesses and students to take an active role in workforce development and now it is easier than ever to get involved! We now have multiple opportunities to provide employer incentives for your business. If you would like more information about how we can help support you please contact Kirstin Maska at 970-263-2916 or

CareerWise is now recruiting for the 2023 cohort. For more information contact Kirstin Maska at 970-263-2916 or

CareerWise is a collaborative effort between the nonprofit organization CareerWise, based out of Denver, Grand Junction Area Chamber, School District 51, Mesa County Workforce Center, and higher education partners, WCCC and CMU.

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