Center for Work Education and Employment

CWEE addresses the root causes of poverty by providing a path to long-term employment and self-sufficiency for hundreds of Denver-area families each year. By supporting sidelined families, CWEE's program builds a stronger workforce and healthier communities. Poverty's end begins at CWEE.

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General Information

Official Name
Colorado Women's Employment and Education, Incorporated​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Center for Work Education and Employment
Former Name(s)
(2001)Colorado Womens Employment and Education
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
EZ Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
1175 Osage Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Location
1175 Osage Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80204
Mailing Address
1175 Osage Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80204
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Mission Statement

CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement.

Organization History

Established in 1982, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) helps low-income parents overcome the constraints and disparities of poverty, cultivates self-supporting families and optimizes collaborative partnerships. CWEE was Colorado's first program dedicated to helping single parents transition from public assistance into employment.

CWEE's mission is to foster personal and professional transformation for low-income parents through confidence building, customized skills training and career advancement. CWEE operates as an integrated education and employment program that includes comprehensive services to assist an individual's transition off of public assistance by sustaining employment long-term. CWEE's core program includes three phases: empowerment/soft skills, digital literacy and career readiness, followed by education and/or employment services pathways. These core phases build the employment skill-set necessary to thrive in today's workforce.

Throughout its thirty-seven years, CWEE has impacted the community by assisting more than 16,000 families to break the cycle of poverty. In FY19 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019), CWEE connected 610 new participants to resources, enrolling 518 of them in CWEE's comprehensive career readiness program. After enrolling in CWEE's holistic training program, 214 participants gained employment with an average full-time starting wage of $13.39, $2.29 above Colorado's minimum wage.


"CWEE offered safety, kindness and a sense of community - I'd never had that before. CWEE taught me that I am strong and I can be successful - no one ever told me that before." - Maddie, CWEE participant

"CWEE has provided a wonderful experience to learn through the phases, build confidence, and meet new people. I have a lot of people holding my back and keeping me strong." - Julius, CWEE participant

"CWEE is life-changing. Out this in the world, you think you're alone and stuck. You're limited. At CWEE, there are no limits." -Dominique, CWEE participant

"I love CWEE. They welcomed me with open arms and surrounded me with support so I can focus on me, and accomplish my goals." -Shalada, CWEE participant

"I received a promotion at my coffee shop job because of the computer certificates I gained at CWEE. Now, I am in charge of all the office work there. You never know where you'll need these skills." -Nikia, CWEE participant

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