Workforce Development

AmeriCorps and Apprenticeship

In 2022, Trailhead Institute and Serve Colorado worked with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to establish a Public Health AmeriCorps + Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship Program known as the Colorado Public Health Works (CPHW) program. This combination allows participants to reap the benefits of both programs in a single year. This pilot program is housed within a public health institute designed to administer funds and technical assistance for local public health agencies. CPHW Members serve at local public health agencies.  

In response to other programs interested in developing their own AmeriCorps + Registered Apprenticeship program, Serve Colorado and Trailhead have developed a guide to provide the basic steps needed to explore and create such a program. Paired with the Colorado Public Health Works (CPHW) case study, the guide walks through how CPHW navigated the requirements for AmeriCorps and Registered Apprenticeship to create a combined workforce development program. 

  Why Combine Registered Apprenticeships with AmeriCorps? A Summary

  Guide and Case Study for Combining AmeriCorps and Registered Apprenticeships

Colorado Funding Resources for Planning an AmeriCorps Apprenticeship Programs

Scale Up Grants

The Office of the Future of Work (OFW) under the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), is opening an application for the second cycle of their Scale Up Grants on April 7, 2023. Scale Up Grants are awards of up to $50,000 to develop or expand a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Applicants that demonstrate a plan to include Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in their apprenticeship design will be more competitive. Read more about the Scale Up Grant opportunity on the Apprenticeship Funding Opportunities page.

Serve Colorado AmeriCorps Planning Grants

Serve Colorado Planning Grants offer organizations grants of up to $60,000 to help organizations develop new, or expand current, AmeriCorps programs to address community challenges. Planning Grants are accepted year-round and reviewed five times per year. Organizations focused on creating or integrating workforce development pathways, are BIPOC led and serving, or are looking to establish a rural intermediary will receive priority. More information about the current Request for Application (RFA) can be found on Serve Colorado's Planning Grant funding page.

Additional Workforce Development AmeriCorps Programs in Colorado

  • Colorado Healthcare Corps This program places AmeriCorps members in critical entry-level healthcare roles, such as Certified Nursing Assistants and Medical Assistants, in healthcare facilities across Colorado. Members serve in-person at hospitals, residential care facilities, and clinics providing clinical healthcare support to local communities. 
  • Colorado Public Health Works This public health program places AmeriCorps members in a combined Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship Program to provide capacity building support and technical assistance to local public health agencies across Colorado. 
  • Teacher Pipeline In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, this program supports 2nd year AmeriCorps members to complete an alternative licensure teacher preparation program. Members will support critical classroom shortages while attaining a teaching license in their 2nd year of service.