WorkReady Program

Has the pandemic impacted your employment? Do you need help getting back in the workforce due to COVID?

Are you looking for education and training that can help you get hired in one of Colorado’s top industries such as IT, Healthcare, and Manufacturing? If you have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic then you may qualify for a scholarship and other assistance to help you land the job you want. Receive access to educational opportunities, financial support, and career guidance as you earn your employable credential that aligns with one of the Colorado's Top Jobs

What is WorkReady?

The goal of this program is to help you get the support you need to start and finish a certificate so you can get the job you want within Colorado’s workforce. 

This program is funded by the Back to Work Grant awarded to the Colorado Department of Higher Education, through its Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Community Partner Program. Program partners are Denver County Workforce and CCD Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • Access a Success Coach dedicated to helping you navigate college and your career, including admissions, financial aid, career assessments, resume writing, and interview skills
  • Scholarships for college tuition to minimize your out-of-pocket costs (average of $500-$1100 a semester)
  • Industry networking events and job placement services
  • Connection to career services staff, job readiness resources, and workshops

Program Eligibility

You may be eligible if you met these criteria at any point since the pandemic began. 

  • Experienced an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, was formerly incarcerated, had to withdraw from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss.
  • The loss/change in employment may have resulted from the economic impact, home/family responsibilities, or health, etc. 
  • Desire to earn a certificate or degree at CCD
  • Must complete a credential or degree within the grant term (before June, 2023). 
    COSI might also consider unique programs that show significant progress towards a certificate or degree recognized as foundational towards employment in a highly desired field in Colorado. 
  • New, re-engaged, or currently enrolled students. 0-250% of pell-eligibility. 
  • Complete the COSI WorkReady application. 
  • Enroll at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education. Pursue credentials or degrees aligned with Colorado Top Jobs, prioritizing health care, education, information technology, and jobs with the most significant projected annual opportunities.

Apply Now

Apply for the COSI WorkReady Program Today! Email your completed Application Form to

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I’m already enrolled and taking classes at CCD, am I eligible for this program?

Yes, this program accepts students who are currently enrolled at CCD and those who’ve never attended college.

Is there an additional cost to receive the services from this program?

No, there is no cost to participate in the WorkReady program.

Do you need proof of unemployment before I start?

No, this will be confirmed in the initial conversation with our contact WorkReady Student Success Coach.

How often can students receive the WorkReady scholarship funds and how much is it? 

Each student could receive between $500- $4,000 each semester they are enrolled at CCD as long as they continue to be in good academic standing. The exact amount received will depend on each person's financial aid situation and the length of the program.

Can undocumented students receive a WorkReady scholarship?

Yes! Connect today with our WorkReady Student Success Coach.