Established in 1982, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) supports low-income career seekers, most of them single parents (78%), to train for and launch careers so they can support their families and achieve their personal and professional goals.
This year, CWEE will help more than 1,000 low-income workers take the next economic step toward education, vocational training, or stable employment. These workers and career seekers reduce public assistance costs and generate millions of dollars in wages annually, fueling the Denver Metro economy.
By providing skills training, family support, and comprehensive career advancement services, CWEE's program builds a strong workforce and healthy communities.
Over four decades, CWEE has developed an employment training curriculum, network of support services, and strategic partnerships that enables low-income career seekers to overcome barriers, build confidence, find a supportive community, and succeed in long-term employment.
CWEE’s approach to workforce development seeks to ensure that workers at lower rungs of the economic ladder can reskill, upskill, and next-skill to find a fulfilling career, support their families, and contribute to the community. CWEE's core program includes three phases: digital literacy, empowerment/soft skills, 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 40 years, CWEE has impacted the community by assisting more than 18,000 families to break the cycle of poverty. In FY23, CWEE graduates earned over $5 million in wages. Despite our continuing struggling economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 210 CWEE participants gained employment with a 100% retention rate at the 30-day mark. In addition to providing our participants with career guidance and support, CWEE is known for its holistic wraparound services; this past year, CWEE connected 1,176 low-income families to vital resources.