The 2021 Colorado Apprenticeship Awards were announced during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday evening, November 16.
Dr. Eric Dunker, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) Associate Vice President and Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Partnerships, was selected as a winner in the Apprentice Champion category. Casey Hastings, the lab and clinical instructor for ACC’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program, and Anne Allen, the Medical Assistant Training Coordinator for ACC apprentices at Centura Health, both won Outstanding Apprentice Mentor awards.
The Colorado Apprenticeship Awards, which are bestowed in partnership with the Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission, honor Colorado apprentices, mentors, preceptors, employers, programs, and the partners and champions who unite them. Category winners are recognized for exemplifying a remarkable commitment to increasing apprenticeships and expanding access to apprenticeship programs.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis was online for the virtual event, as were officials from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, CareerWise Colorado, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Community College System, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council.
ACC’s apprenticeship programs combine customized, related technical instruction with structured, paid on-the-job training with employer partners. Current apprenticeship programs at ACC include Community Association Manager, Medical Assistant, Property Management and Water Operations. Registered professional programs at ACC include Medical Laboratory Technology and Automotive Service Technology.
For more information about apprenticeships at ACC, please contact acc [dot] wcp [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5722.