In an economy rapidly evolving with technological advances, the need for relative, work-based learning opportunities is essential. As a premier university for workforce development with a commitment to serving learners at every age and stage of life, CU Denver is thrilled to announce its first-ever apprenticeship program, housed within the College of Engineering, Design and Computing (CEDC) to simultaneously benefit students and employers.
CU Denver’s new apprenticeship program is in the areas of construction project management and user experience designer—two increasingly in-demand industries in the region. For context, industry data rates Denver in the top 15 U.S. cities for construction, based on building permits and number of workers. Demand is high at a time when the city has a shortage of skilled construction workers and construction management professionals. With certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM), the CEDC is already helping prepare its students for the field. The apprenticeship adds another layer, allowing students to gain hands-on experience working for an industry partner, while receiving college credit and a paycheck.
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.