Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

J.T. Birchell, STEM Intern

J.T. Birchell, STEM Intern

J.T. Birchell, STEM Intern

J.T. Birchell, STEM Intern

Born and raised in Colorado, J.T. has grown up by surrounding himself with valuable educational experiences. His past achievements have included going to Europe twice to play music and producing short film segments for Douglas County’s television network. He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder working on a bachelor of fine arts in film production and a technology art minor. His contributions to R2W have included filming special events and producing segments for R2W to distribute.  J.T. completed a Student Internship 2010-2013 and works in the film industry now.

David Koepke, STEM Intern

David Koepke, STEM Intern

David Koepke, STEM Intern

David Koepke, STEM Intern

David is a current student at Naropa University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Peace Studies.  In the past, he has worked in small business IT, the fringes of finance, and enjoyed a stint as a full-time taxi driver in Boston for 2 years.  David is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (0311 Reserve) and so understands some of what our disabled veterans go through after they leave service, especially since he and his friends had to navigate the obscure federal benefits system after they got out.  He’s learned a lot through this process.

Jordan Cole, STEM Intern

Jordan Cole, STEM Intern

Jordan Cole, Student Intern, Job Developer, Employment Specialist, Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE)

 

Jordan completed a Student Internship at R2W in 2012.  Jordan is a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder and is double majoring in the College of arts and science with psychology and political science. He was inspired by Project: Return To Work to volunteers as a Job Developer and as an Employment Specialist for Military and Veteran Employment EXPOs (MVEE).

 

WEBINAR: Career Exploration and Plan

Date: Wed, May 18, 2011
Time: 08:00 AM MDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Rob Brazell


Need a new career but don’t know your best option?
Then this 30-60 minute webinar is for you.

I will show you how to use powerful but easy to use tools to quickly determine your best career options based upon your interests, aptitudes, skills and experience. Then I will show you how to quickly draft your initial plan for various government agencies. I will also show you how to generate reports meaningful to other care providers and employers.

By giving you the ability to evaluate yourself, I am giving you the ability to substantially speed up the process while increasing the probability of positive outcomes. This webinar gives you the advantage.

Register Now

David Nimmo

David Nimmo
New York Advisory Committee

$1000 Agency Hands in the Community Grant

The Gerrity Agency and Allstate Foundation Agency Hands in the Community Grant has contributed $1000 to Project: Return to Work! Please see the photo below of Ivan Gerrity, Agent handing $1000 check to Vance Silvia, Employment Specialist at Return to Work.

To learn more, visit Ivan Gerrity Agency on Facebook.

Military and Veterans Employment Expo

Statistics show that our veteran unemployment is higher than their civilian counterparts. That’s why key federal and state agencies, together with numerous nongovernmental entities, have banded together to organize a three-day expo to provide needed and essential assistance to veterans and military personnel seeking employment in Colorado.

The Military and Veterans Employment Expo will be held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 23 through 25, 2011. A different kind of job fair, this event offers classes to veterans to help them address issues that may be preventing them from gaining sustainable employment. Such issues include a weak resume, poor interviewing skills, ineffective networking approaches, and an inability to translate service experience into work experience. In addition to these offerings, the expo also provides face-to-face interaction with employers who are ready and eager to hire.

On the first two days of the three-day event, the expo will offer seven classes, including private-sector resume writing, federal resume writing, dressing for success, landing the interview, and networking. While registrants must complete four of the seven courses in order to receive a certificate of completion, they are free to choose whichever sessions they feel will be of the most benefit to them. Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of one-on-one sessions with volunteer mentors who have real-life experience in the hiring of personnel. These volunteers are on site to advise registrants on how to improve their chances of employment, how to determine which jobs are the best fit, and how to navigate the job market in Colorado.

An informal reception is planned for the evening of the second day where veterans will have the opportunity to meet some of the employers who will be attending the next day’s job fair. Those veterans who have earned their certificate of completion will be invited into the job fair at 9 a.m.; the remaining registrants may enter the fair at 11 a.m. Numerous employers will be available at the job fair to answer questions about their companies and talk with veterans about opportunities at their organizations.

This event promises to be a life-changing experience for many of our state’s unemployed or underemployed veterans. To register for the Military and Veterans Employment Expo, call (720) 250-1189 or visit www.mvee.org.

Jay D. VanderWerff

Jay D. VanderWerff
Executive Committee

Larry Gustafson, Attorney At Law

Larry Gustafson, Attorney At Law
Executive Committee

Lakshmi Ramen, PhD

Lakshmi Ramen, PhD
Secretary

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