Education Resources Available

Western Colorado Contractors Association leads education efforts through the WCCA Education Committee directed by member needs, and through regional partners that provide opportunities for construction related businesses.

WCCA’s Education Committee meets quarterly and focuses on two specific areas: Current Workforce and Future Workforce Efforts. To learn more about the WCCA Education Committee or resources available, contact WCCA Staff at (970) 245-1384.


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Collaborating with regional entities, here are efforts and resources to build a future construction workforce in Western Colorado

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Construction companies all over Colorado have a shortage of skilled Heavy Equipment Operators that are needed for companies to compete for and complete jobs in the industry. Western Colorado is no exception. The number 1 concern of Western Colorado Contractors Association (WCCA) Members is the ability to attract and train the next generation of skilled workers without the overhead of sending employees to the other side of the state. Out of that need, WCCA has constructed a Heavy Equipment Operators Apprenticeship for Contractors in Western Colorado.

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Transportation impacts our lives each day—from the bridges you cross to the signs you read to the construction reports you follow. A good transportation system allows us to get to work, enjoy recreational activities and access health care. It allows companies to provide products and services to consumers.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) exists to ensure that Colorado has a safe and efficient highway system by building and maintaining interstates, U.S. highways and state highways.

OSHA safety and health standards fall into four major categories — general industry, maritime, and construction and agriculture. Standards are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 29, Part 1900-1999. With the exception of some exempt industries, employers of 11 or more employees must maintain updated records of occupational injuries. Employers with 10 or fewer employees are exempt unless selected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or OSHA. Small employers who are selected to maintain records will be notified in advance and supplied the necessary forms and instruction.



Scholarship Opportunities

WCCA has been working to promote and improve the education of members’ employees and the future workforce. WCCA offers a minimum of four scholarships to CMU/WCCC students in the Construction Management Program. The Admin Committee reviews and presents final applicants to WCCA Board of Directors for final approval.

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The below link is a list of all scholarships managed by CMU Foundation. A number of the scholarships are for both CMU and Western Colorado Community College.

A student can go to this link, log in using their MavZone ID & Password and then they can apply for the scholarship. The link is for the public site, but students will just go through MavZone to access the application.

Western Colorado Contractors Association Scholarship Program

WCCA believes that targeted program scholarships in the community will improve the employee pool for Contractors on the Western Slope of Colorado. Included in the Education Opportunities, the WCCA Construction Management Scholarships through Colorado Mesa University (CMU) are awarded to at least four students attending CMU or Western Colorado Community College (WCCC). The scholarships are awarded at $625 per semester per student for two consecutive semesters; $1,250 for the school year per scholarship.


Other scholarships may be available for apprenticeships, trainings, and other regional higher education opportunities.

Call 970.245.1384 for details.

WCCA Instructors

Melody Keane | Keane On Safety, Inc.

Keane on Safety offers occupational CPR and First Aid AED and blood borne pathogens Classes. Melody Keane offers over 25 years experience as a Safety Professional in the construction, oil & gas and general industries. Melody incorporates her real life experience in her training . A proud member of WCCA since 2006, Melody has provided services to WCCA and numerous member companies.

p: 970.234.0923  |  f: 970-255-9235  | Email Melody Keane

Member Instructors Needed| OSHA, TCS, CPR, Certifications, Etc.

IF you are a WCCA member who can offer needed classes within the construction industry for Western Colorado, please contact WCCA to be added to these resources.  (970) 245-1384


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