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Employment Opportunity Lab


The VISION of the SCC Employment Opportunity Lab is that every Second Chance Center client has the opportunity for meaningful employment, and every employer partner has access to a skilled workforce, resulting in individual and community economic prosperity.

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SCC Employment Opportunity Lab will develop strategic partnerships with local employers, developing a pipeline of qualified candidates and collaborating to develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

SCC clients will have access to a state of the art computer lab and training center to support them in their job search and career development. Staffed with professional Work Skill Instructors the center will provide access to employment opportunities, training, coaching and placement support.

Job seekers have direct access to information ranging from open positions to specialized assistance and training programs. SCC Work Skill Instructor will be available to access the most recent labor market information and on-the-job training opportunities.

Through Second Chance Centers’ Employment Opportunity Lab, employers can recruit qualified employees for open position, participate in career fairs and interview candidates on site. Second Chance Center will also assist with employer training programs, business retention and expansion efforts.


The impact of COVID 19 has affected nearly every aspect of people’s lives worldwide. Unprecedented unemployment, coupled with the rapidly changing employer application, screening and interview processes, has left many job seekers overwhelmed and frustrated. Employers are expending more resources than ever to recruit, hire and train employees and many are experiencing high turnover.


SCC clients want and need to work, but often lack the computer proficiency, soft skills and interview skills necessary to be successful in today’s competitive job market.


Colorado is facing a skilled labor gap in industries such as the construction trades, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and IT to only name a few. SCC will help meet this need by providing access to an untapped labor pool, providing supportive services and training to SCC clients to remove barriers to their success.


SCC will collaborate with employer partners across multiple industry segments, tailoring training services to meet the needs of both the clients and the employers. SCC Employment Opportunity Lab will offer a variety of services to assist employers and job seekers alike. SCC clients can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment and training needs. Work Skill Instructors will connect job seekers with local employment, training, and educational opportunities, as well as any available funding.


Computer and internet access

Interview Strategies

Job search strategies

Career counseling

Job Fair Preparation

Financial Literacy

Career Assessment Prep-






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Services for Employer Partners:

• Talent recruitment
• Pre-screening
• Referral services
• Virtual and In Person Career Fairs
• On Site Interview Space

Recruitment and Screening

• Recruiting, screening, and referring a variety of job seekers, ranging from entry level workers to highly-skilled professionals
• Recruiting full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers
• Hosting job fairs and providing office space for on-site screening and interviewing
• Providing access to human capital and untapped labor pools

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Training and Education

• Providing access to training and education
• Offering industry-recognized certifications
• Developing customized training programs, such as pre-employment training
• Connecting to apprenticeships programs with a mix of instruction and on-the-job training

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Retention and Up-Skilling

• Providing training services to incumbent workers and developing on-the-job and workplace training
• Supporting employee retention by offering supportive services such as housing, transportation, and mentoring programs to individuals engaged in training
• Assisting employers in applying for OJT wage subsidy programs

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Pre-employment / Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Pre-employment / Pre-apprenticeship training is designed to help participants develop the skills they need to enter the workforce in a high-growth, high-demand occupation as quickly as possible.
Employers will also benefit from their partnership with SCC Employment Opportunity Lab, connecting them to training opportunities while also helping them recruit, hire, and retain the skilled talent they need to grow.


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