2021 WCCA Construction Connections Planned

It’s almost the end of another year and WCCA is on the road visiting various member areas! There will be updates WCCA on efforts including advocacy, education & future workforce, area job opportunities, and events. This is also an opportunity to have WCCA hear from our area members in-person and to build connections that benefit WCCA members.

Click Event Links Below  for the 2021 WCCA Construction Connections:

Dec 1     10a-12Noon   Durango – Wagner Rents Building

Dec 1     230p-430p      Montrose – Horsefly Brewing Co.

Dec 3     930a-11a         Steamboat Springs – TBD

Dec 3     1p-3p               Craig – TBD

Dec 6     10a-12N          Eagle – TBD

Dec 6     1p-3p               Glenwood Springs – TBD

Dec 8     3p-5p               Grand Junction –Ale House 

Please RSVP to let us know you are coming. Then join us in one or more locations to catch up with WCCA and other members.


BUILD COLORADO presented by: Construction Education Foundation and Associated General Contractors


Opportunity for Skilled Trades Advancement


Virtual 5  week course scheduled : Monday – Thursday 5:00PM-8:00PM

Starting Nov. 15, 2021

for more information or to register click: https://www.cefcolorado.org/

WCCA HEO Apprenticeship Registration 2021


Register your employees for the WCCA Heavy Equipment Operators Apprenticeship program.

Registration begins October 12, 2021 thru December 1, 2021

Classes will start January 2022.

This Colorado Department of Labor approved apprentice program will cover classroom and on the job training.

Classroom education can be in person or virtual.  All on the job training done on employer job sites. The on the job training will meet CDOT OJT requirements.

WCCA has TCS Certification Classes in Western Colorado

WCCA has Traffic Control Supervisor(TCS) Classes!!!!

A Class for Traffic Control Supervisor(TCS) has been scheduled for Dec. 16 & 17.  Classes subject to Availability and approved through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).  Rates for WCCA members, Non-Members and Municipalities are available. 

Classes scheduled:

  • TCS Class – 2 Day
  • Dec. 16 & 17, 2021 8AM
  • WCCA Training Room
  • 2470 Patterson Rd #14
  • Grand Junction, CO



For more information on Flagger Classes or TCS Classes click button below or call WCCA office at 970-245-1384

2021 Western Colorado Project Briefings Schedule

The Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) and the Western Colorado Contractors Association (WCCA)  invite construction related businesses and  project owners to participate in our annual discussions of upcoming infrastructure projects for Western Colorado.

Many of you have attended one of our previous annual briefings, but for those who haven’t joined us before, the purpose of these meetings are to bring infrastructure owners together with contractors and suppliers to discuss 2022 construction projects, long term project plans, and any other topics of mutual interest/concern.

Southwest Briefing

(Projects for Archuleta, LaPlata, Montezuma, and Dolores Counties)

    • Wednesday October 13, 2021    9:30am

    • Online

North West Project Briefing 

(Projects for Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Grand Counties)

    • Tuesday, November 30, 2021    10 am

    • Online

Up Valley Project Briefing 

(Projects for Garfield and Pitkin Counties)

    • TBD  February 2022

For more information on Western Colorado Briefings contact WCCA at  970-245-1384 or visit www.wcca-gj.com


Results of 2021 WCCA Trap Shoot – GJ

It was a GREAT Day a the WCCA Trap Shoot!!

There was a total of 19 teams that participated and  $1000.00 was raised for the 4H Shooting Sports. Following the 2021 WCCA Trap Shoot, members enjoyed the hugely successful “After Party” held at the Ale House in Grand Junction.  WCCA gave away a pheasant hunt from the Black Wing & Clay Shooting Club, a shotgun, and more.


  •  1st PLACE TEAM      Sorter 2
  • 2nd PLACE TEAM     Sorter 1
  • 3rd PLACE TEAM      Barnes Electric

WCCA would like to give a big thank you to all of our sponsors and all who participated. It would not be possible without all of you!!

Efforts in Maintaining and Increasing Workforce

Getting Colorado Back To Work

In June of 2021, eight of the top Construction Associations in Colorado, including the Western Colorado Contractors Association, urged the Colorado Governor to have Colorado be one of several states  to opt out of federal unemployment benefit programs provided by the federal government that were set to expire on September 6.   The construction industry is currently short thousands of employees across the state  and most businesses provide benefits that are well beyond a weekly paycheck including health insurance, 401k matching, long term and short term disability benefits, training, educational opportunities, internship programs and more.  The construction industry needs workers.  Without workers in the industry, the costs of construction and construction related business will increase and have unintended consequences on the economies in Western Colorado and across the state.   On July 13, 2021 the Governor’s Office responded:

Governor Polis responded in an email to the associations:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our state’s economy and workforce, as there are currently more people unemployed than existing available jobs. We are committed to monitoring the data about unemployment assistance and Colorado’s road to economic recovery following the pandemic.

Colorado’s unemployment rate is an estimated 6.2% as of May 2021, which is half of what the unemployment rate was this time last year. As part of the Colorado Comeback and Reemploy Colorado initiatives, the Governor has taken several steps to support Coloradans who are currently unemployed transition back into the workforce. The Governor signed an executive order establishing the Colorado Jumpstart Program that provided $1,200 to $1,600 to unemployed citizens that entered full time employment between May 16th and June 26th of this year. This program not only stimulated the economy and incentivized people back into the workforce but also supported Coloradans that have been financially affected by the pandemic. Colorado was one of the earliest states to reinstate requirements that unemployed Coloradans must be actively searching for a job while receiving unemployment benefits, which was reinstated in February of 2021. Our goal is to remove any barrier preventing Coloradans who feel safe and healthy from returning to the workforce. Please see below for virtual hiring events, helpful workshops, and job support provided by Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment to support those seeking employment. 

The Polis administration continues to monitor our economic recovery, and will keep working towards balancing the needs of our economy with the legitimate hardships that continue to impact our most vulnerable citizens. Ending the federal unemployment benefits now would be premature, and would cause unnecessary suffering for thousands of Coloradans who depend on unemployment to pay for food, housing, and utilities.

In addition to actions taken at the state level, the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, providing $3.8 billion to assist the State of Colorado on its road to economic recovery by addressing major impacts the coronavirus has had on both businesses and households. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 establishes that those who are unemployed are eligible for up to 29 weeks of stimulus payments, and the State of Colorado estimates that there will not be a gap in benefits for prior claimants who desperately need assistance to get back on their feet following the pandemic. $40 million of the funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will be allocated to small businesses, which is outlined in SB21-291 signed into Colorado law on June 21 of this year. 


Regardless of  the outcome of most recent efforts, the Associations in Colorado will continue to work collectively to provide opportunities to try and fill the workforce void including education, future workforce efforts, and information that would benefit employers.  If you have questions regarding the current Unemployment benefits provided by the state, please refer to the links provided by the Governor’s office.  You may also contact your local and state representatives or contact your local association to express any concerns.

America desperately needs 1 million more construction workers

Article: Increasing Need for Industry Employees and Qualified Workers

Lack of shop classes and an aging population is contributing to a downfall of qualified workers in the construction industry.  New home construction and improvement are surging, thanks to the lack of inventory in a red-hot housing market and more people working from home. In an industry already short on workers before the pandemic, construction businesses will need to hire 430,000 workers this year and 1 million more over the next two years in order to keep up, according to Associated Builders and Contractors.

 CLICK to read the 6/8/2021 article by Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN Business.

WCCA Education Committee is committed to developing the future workforce and providing opportunities for the industry including Pathways to Construction brochures for students, scholarships for Construction Management, and events including the Western Colorado Construction Career Days.   Call 970-245-1384 to see how to be more involved in WCCA member efforts.


HEO Apprenticeship Classes start in Jan. 2022, but you can get your OJT Hours Starting today.  Register for your HEO Apprenticeship class with WCCA and start counting your OJT Hours.

  • Call WCCA 970-245-1384
  • Or Click the link below