News from Emily Griffith: National Workforce Month

At Emily Griffith Foundation, September is a big deal.

We welcome students back to EGTC after an abbreviated summer break, we celebrate EGTC's anniversary (Sept 9), and we contemplate how we are going to share Earl Kolarik's candy jar with our colleagues returning from summer vacations.

Most importantly, though, we recognize National Workforce Development Month. This month long celebration highlights those institutions that play a vital role in growing our local, regional and national economies. 

National Workforce Development month is a reminder of the importance of EGTC's work.

It is also a reminder of how important our relationships with other organizations engaged in this work are in building prosperity in Colorado. 

One of EGTC's most valued collaborators is the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and its president and CEO, Kelly Brough. The Chamber has identified education as one of five critical issues it seeks to address and is actively engaged in helping to create and support an educational system that meets Colorado's workforce needs. 

In a recent conversation with Kelly, she spoke of the unique and crucial role EGTC plays in growing Colorado: "Three out of four jobs in Colorado require some post-secondary education, but not a degree. Three-quarters of our workforce, then, needs to be prepared to fill these jobs, and our current educational system does not meet our needs." 

EGTC is the most viable solution to this growing workforce gap. If we are going to make Colorado's economy competitive and sustainable in the long term, Brough argues, we need educational institutions that are:

  1. Nimble and flexible enough to respond to the economic landscape and train people for the jobs of today and tomorrow
  2. Diverse and innovative enough to guarantee Colorado's continued competitiveness in a global, fast-paced economy

And these traits are exactly what defines Emily Griffith Technical College.

Nimble and flexible: In 2013, MillerCoors brought a need for water quality managers to EGTC's attention. MillerCoors, and others, could not find qualified employees in Colorado. In less than a year, EGTC had a program in Water Quality Management. 

Diverse: Last year, EGTC's student body spoke 72 languages and hailed from 94 different countries. 56% of the student body were people of color. 

Innovative: EGTC is on the front lines of determining how to offer credit for work-based learning; offers programs in Advanced Manufacturing and CAD-BIM; offers wrap around services that include immediate cash awards to our most vulnerable students to keep them in the classroom.

And our results speak for themselves: 85% of our students complete their programs, and 78% are immediately placed in jobs. No other educational institution in Colorado can compete with those statistics. 

Kelly Brough argues that we need more of our educational institutions to look and act like Emily Griffith has for the last 100 years.

If you agree with Kelly, please help support the best solution to Colorado's workforce needs.  

BBC Research & Consulting completed a report on the economic impact of Emily Griffith Technical College. 

Key report findings include:

  • On average, every $1 of state investment in EGTC yields a $10 annual benefit to the local economy
  • On average, every $1 invested by an individual student yields $7 in annual earning potential
  • ECTC’s total 10-year impact is more than $2B

Denver Public Library hosts our "For All Who Wish to Learn Exhibit" — celebrating 100 years of the Emily Griffith Technical College with a multi-media journey through the school's impactful history.