DENVER, June 13, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- Swiftpage, the maker of Act! and a leading provider of software and services that help small and mid-sized businesses grow, announced it's partnership with CareerWise Colorado at the Youth Apprentice Signing Day event yesterday. This partnership will serve as part of Swiftpage's overall commitment to the youth and constantly evolving business community in the Denver area by helping to provide today's students with the skills they will need to effectively meet the needs of tomorrow's local businesses.
CareerWise is working to shape Colorado's workforce through innovative, business-led youth apprenticeships. The nonprofit coordinates apprenticeships among businesses, students and educators that create long-term impact. Students completing the program earn wages while gaining real-world skills, industry credentials and college credit that provide them with options to enter the workplace in high-paying jobs or continue their education. Participating local businesses benefit from the program as they take a more hands-on approach to building their own skilled and loyal workforces.
As a part of the partnership with CareerWise, Swiftpage will be hosting two apprentices in the pilot year of the program – one software QA tester and one computer technician – with plans to add more apprenticeships in the coming years.
"As a member of the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission and the leader of a technology company headquartered in Denver, I am extremely excited for the launch of this program," said H. John Oechsle. "There has been a need for something like this program for a long time – the world is changing, and it's changing fast – I am so honored to work with CareerWise to provide these types of opportunities to better prepare our next generation workforce."
About CareerWise Colorado CareerWise Colorado is building a statewide system of youth apprenticeships that create pathways for students to access high-demand, high-paying careers at leading Colorado companies. Student apprentices also work toward high school graduation and earn postsecondary credit, industry credentials or both in their chosen career path. Established by the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission created by Gov. John Hickenlooper and chaired by Noel Ginsburg of Intertech Plastics, CareerWise Colorado will launch in school districts in metro Denver, Fort Collins and the Western Slope. 20,000 youth apprentices, or about 10 percent of Colorado students in their last two years of high school, are expected to participate by 2027. More information about CareerWise Colorado is available at http://www.careerwisecolorado.org/.
About Swiftpage Swiftpage, the maker of Act!, is a leading provider of software and services that helps small and mid-sized businesses grow. Founded in 2001 and based in Denver, the company's growing network of partners, customers, end-users and employees collectively represent Swiftpage Nation, united across the globe as one team, on one journey. Learn more at http://www.swiftpage.com and join the conversation at act.com/blog.