Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, has earned the prestigious Community, Economic and Workforce Development Applied Research Award from the Council for Community and Economic Research. This award was scheduled to be presented Thursday, June 15, during the C2ER Conference in Denver.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! will receive the award for its work in assessing the economic impact of workforce center operations, which they have reported for the last eight years. The annual report shows the economic impact and return on taxpayer investment for workforce development services conducted in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! helps job seekers identify career pathways in key industry sectors that lead to good-paying jobs. The report’s findings show that during program year beginning July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! invested $11.5 million in public funds to serve 23,717 customers at a cost of $485.33 per customer.
Of these, 22,458 found work and were still working after six months. The 22,458 people successfully working realized $15,809 more in average earnings than those who did not use a workforce center in their job search. The total value Arapahoe/Douglas Works! added to the regional economy was $355 million.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Regional Workforce Center is located at 6974 S. Lima Plaza in Centennial. Workforce centers also are located in Littleton and Aurora. For more information, call 303-636-1260 or visit adworks.org.
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