The Center for Work Education and Employment received an Angel Network award in conjunction with the "Live Your Best Life" 2005 tour. CWEE was modeled after National Women's Employment Education (NGWEE), a Texas program formed 20 years ago after several hundred welfare recipients marched to the Welfare Department to return their checks and demand jobs. In Denver, CWEE's individualized programs offer low-income individuals support preparing for, finding and keeping reliable employment, enabling them to achieve self-sufficiency and end their dependence on welfare support. Each participant's training is tailored to his or her specific needs. These needs are determined during the first week of the full time job readiness PRIME TIME program, where interests and aptitudes are evaluated, and a training plan is developed with staff. Workplace-appropriate communication skills, dress and punctuality are stressed. Retention Services provide training to help move on to the next level of employment. In 2004, 370 participants completed the program; 201 of them found jobs.
Contact Information: Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) Nancy Olson, Director of Development 1175 Osage St., Ste. 300 Denver, CO 80204 PH: 303-892-8444 FAX: 303-892-8375 www.cwee.org
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