Workforce Development Committee


The Workforce Development Committee includes representatives from System colleges who convene with the following overarching goals: 

  • Support Board-level priorities and Strategic Plan goals for workforce engagement and partnership development
  • Inform a Systemwide workforce development strategy
  • Coordinate workforce-related asset mapping across the System
  • Establish, maintain, and scale multi-organization/agency partnerships
  • Ensure coordinated responsiveness to industry partners
  • Promote resource-sharing to increase efficiencies and alignment
  • Conduct centralized capacity-building to support college-level initiatives
  • Quickly assess systemwide interest and capacity for pursuing workforce-related grant opportunities
  • Identify opportunities for awarding credit for prior learning for work experiences and industry recognized credentials

Workforce initiatives addressed by the WDC include, but are not limited to, the following areas: 

  • Work-based learning
  • Apprenticeships
  • Workforce education and training
  • Credit for prior learning
  • Business engagement and partnership
  • Career pathways

Questions? Email  

Workforce-Related Groups 

Apprenticeship Community of Practice (ACOP) 

ACOP is a practitioner-driven community that arose to discuss ideas, resources, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration surrounding apprenticeship development among CCCS colleges. 

Meetings are held monthly and facilitated by Janel Highfill, Associate Vice President Workforce, Partnerships & Resource Development, Community College of Aurora. 

ACOP minutes and resources can be found on the ACOP Microsoft Teams site. 

This community is open to any CCCS employee working to develop and implement apprenticeship programs.  To join, please email 

Committee Representatives

One to two representatives from each CCCS college as designated by the College President.

College  Representative
Arapahoe Community College Julie Beggs
Arapahoe Community College Shao Yeung
Arapahoe Community College Amber Tolliver
Community College of Aurora Julie Stewart
Community College of Denver Katrina Wert
Community College of Denver Fida Obeidi
Community College of Denver Whitney Wise
Colorado Northwestern Community College Keith Peterson
Front Range Community College Janel Highfill
Lamar Community College Larry McLemore
Morgan Community College Eric Richter
Northeastern Junior College Jamie Giacomini
Otero College Chelsea Herasingh
Otero College Allie Hall-Vanhook
Pueblo Community College Amanda Corum
Pueblo Community College Jennifer Sherman
Pikes Peak State College Chelsy Harris
Red Rocks Community College Beverly Clark
Red Rocks Community College Matthew Sweeney
Red Rocks Community College Megan Reyes
Trinidad State College Donna Haddow
Trinidad State College James Kynor

Meeting Schedule 2024

-All Meetings will be virtual
-Monthly update calls on the third Thursday of the month from 2pm-3pm (Feb, Mar, Aug, Sept, and Nov)
-Quarterly 90-minute discussion-based convening (January, April, July and October)
-May meeting date change to second Thursday to accommodate CCCS All-Staff meetings
-June meeting will be the Chancellor’s Summit on Adult Education scheduled for 5/30/2024

Dates  Meeting Timing
January 18, 2024 1pm – 2:30pm
February 15, 2024 2pm – 3pm
March 21, 2024 1pm – 3pm
April 18, 2024 1pm – 2:30pm
May 9, 2024 2pm – 3pm
Note: Shift to second Thursday to accommodate CCCS All-Staff meetings on 5/16
(May 30, 2024)
Note: Encourage Chancellor’s Summit on Adult Education conference attendance in lieu of June meeting
July 18, 2024 1pm – 2:30pm
August 15, 2024 2pm – 3pm
September 19, 2024 2pm – 3pm
October 17, 2024 1pm – 2:30pm
November 21, 2024 2pm – 3pm
December 19, 2024 No meeting