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Apprenticeship programs are rewarding investments for both employers and job seekers. 

Apprenticeships equip businesses to grow their own workforce with the specific, targeted skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for their businesses to succeed. 

Apprenticeship presents an opportunity for job seekers to earn while they learn. It’s an affordable career pathway for workers of any age.

We are actively seeking partnerships with area employers to aid the workforce. To learn more click the “Grow Your Own” button. 


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Partnerships for the Modern Workplace   

With the help of grants awarded from the Colorado Healthcare Experimental Pathways to Success (CO-Helps) and Filling the Skills Gap (Co-Tech) initiatives, Colorado Northwestern Community College is building a college-sponsored, multi-employer apprenticeship program to serve employers and job seekers in Northwest Colorado. These initiatives have two driving goals: getting Americans back to work while growing their skills and supporting rural employers to fill labor shortages. 


Grow Your Own 

The college-sponsored, multi-employer model allows medium and small businesses to grow their own highly skilled workforce without the additional administrative burden larger employers and trade organizations assume when registering federally approved apprenticeship programs. 

Apprenticeship programs can lead to boosts in productivity and higher employee retention rates. 

Training is customizable to fit your specific needs. 

Learn more about your potential return when you invest in apprenticeships. 


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Earn while you Learn

An apprentice is both a student as well as an employee. Apprentices earn a wage while learning the knowledge and skills leading to a nationally recognized certificate. 

The college aids in matching job seekers and students with apprenticeship opportunities.

“Apprenticeships have been a tried and true option for growing trade skills. They’re proving to be a powerful help to fill other highly skilled roles such as in healthcare and technology,” 

-Ron Granger, Former President of Colorado Northwestern Community College.


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For more information and assistance contact 

Sasha Nelson 

Dean of Workforce Education & Economic Development 

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Office: (970) 824-1118  

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About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.