Work in Progress: BREAKING NEWS

 October, 2018

Last Call: Harvesting Opportunities!
October 11, 2018
Space Gallery

Honoring Don MacKenzie with Rhondda Grant Distinguished Service Award

Emcee Rosy Zugasti of Telemundo
Interactive harvest food stations
Wine pull ♦ Au ction
Live entertainment

Limited sponsorships and tickets still available!

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CWEE Gives Back
CWEE Gives Back, CWEE's staff giving campaign, reached 100% participation. CWEE cultivates a culture of philanthropy and is proud that its staff gives back to CWEE and the greater Denver community.
Voter Registration
National Voter Registration Day was a huge success as trained CWEE staff and participants gathered 70 voter registrations and pledges. 

CWEE's board and staff would like to thank you for your continued support during our leadership transition. 
We have sincerely appreciated Interim CEO Sue Carparelli's leadership, dedication, and open embrace of the CWEE family.
Visit our website for  participant stories, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events. 
CWEE Announces New 
Chief Executive Officer

Following a nationwide search, the Center for Work Education and Employment  (CWEE) is happy to announce that we have hired a new CEO. 

Katy Hamilton, an experienced national leader in workforce development and anti-poverty strategies, will join CWEE as CEO in early November.

Katy comes to CWEE from the Markle Foundation in New York, which serves as a national thought leader in developing solutions to address the ways automation and technology are shaping America's labor market, particularly for under-employed and low-income populations.

"When it comes to expanding opportunities in the labor market for historically disadvantaged individuals and communities, Katy is one of the nation's sharpest thinkers," said Susan Hill, chair of CWEE's board of directors. "Her successful track record in both workforce program leadership and policy makes Katy the ideal person to lead CWEE through the next chapter of our growth."

Katy's career began as a legislative liaison and later, director of policy, for then Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Katy then relocated from her native Kansas to New York, where she joined the Partnership for New York City, a renowned organization that brings together government, business and nonprofit stakeholders to support economic advancement for the city's residents.

Katy joined the Markle Foundation in 2015 and began traveling to Colorado weekly to establish the Skillful initiative, which seeks to mitigate the barrier of traditional four-year university education by promoting a skills-based labor market. Katy designed and implemented the Skillful Career Coaching program, which resulted in the launch of the Governor's Coaching Corps with Governor John Hickenlooper. The Corps sharpens the skills of career coaches who work in schools and universities, government workforce centers and nonprofit organizations.

"CWEE's reputation for successfully supporting families through transitions out of poverty and into training and employment is exemplary," said Katy. "As the labor market evolves and demand for skills changes rapidly, there are limitless opportunities for CWEE to deepen existing work, expand program offerings, and develop new partnerships. I am excited to join the team, get to know the staff and participants, and together consider the future, which is very bright."

Katy and her family will relocate to Denver next month. In her new role as CWEE's CEO, Katy looks forward to continuing her work with the committed community leaders whom she has gotten to know over the past few years.

Once Katy is on board later this fall, CWEE will host a community celebration to introduce Katy to CWEE's participants, partners and supporters.
"We are delighted to welcome Katy to CWEE, and we look forward to an impactful next phase of the organization's growth. The quality and demand for our programs has never been greater, and we have an incredible team of talented, committed professionals," said Susan Hill. "On behalf of the CWEE board of directors, thank you for your support throughout the leadership transition."
Professional Connections
Professional Connections is a quarterly networking event where CWEE participants practice their soft skills and networking techniques with business professionals.

What is CWEE's impact on the Metro area economy? Each year through its comprehensive career readiness program, CWEE assists over 600 low-income parents in overcoming their personal barriers to finding and maintaining long-term employment. Once graduates are prepared to enter (or in some cases re-enter) the workforce, CWEE unleashes the hiring power of its 150+ quality employer partners.

In 2017-2018, CWEE graduates earned an average full time wage of $13.97 ($3.77 over minimum wage) and 53% of them received benefits. As a direct result, CWEE helped reduce public assistance costs and its graduates generated more than $6 million in earned wages, fueling the Denver Metro economy.

Colorado Gives Day is December 4th. Mark your calendars to preschedule your gift as early as November 1st!
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