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About Colorado: West Slope Region

Grand Junction photo

The Western Slope region consists of eight Colorado counties west of the Continental Divide: Garfield, Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel. Some of Mother Nature's finest work - alpine meadows, canyons, plateaus and high desert - abound on the Western Slope, providing easy access to activities like skiing, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing and hunting. The area's attractions include the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway, the Colorado National Monument, the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park and the magnificent Colorado River. Grand Junction, the population hub of Western Colorado, is home to nearly 60,000 people. It sits in the Grand Valley near the Colorado River. 

Workforce Training and Educational Resources

The organizations and resources listed below could help you return to the job market or gain new skills to make you more qualified for jobs in the 21st century economy.

Newly Unemployed
Register with the Colorado Workforce Center closest to you. In the Western Slope region, you will find Workforce Centers in the following communities:

Workforce Centers can direct you to employment and job training opportunities in the area.

Job Training
If you need any additional job training or if you are a veteran, Workforce Center staff will connect you with Rocky Mountain Service, Employment, & Redevelopment, or RMSER. RMSER staff will work with you to develop job training tailored to your unique skills and previous work experience. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment also offers a broad array of services and resources for job seekers.

For opportunities to improve your education, the Western Slope hosts several well-established institutions:

  • Colorado Mountain College, with 11 locations, offers two-year academic programs guaranteed to transfer to all four-year colleges and universities in Colorado. It offers career and technical programs, teaching job skills that can take you right into the workplace.
  • Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College), provides educational opportunities and tools that help students succeed in today's complex and interconnected world. Its focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.
    • The main campus is located in the heart of Grand Junction.
    • The Tilman M. Bishop Campus is the result of a partnership of the university, Mesa County Valley School District 51 and area businesses, and is the main site of the university's two-year division, the Western Colorado Community College Programs at the Bishop Campus serve the technical education needs of both college and area high school students.
    • The Montrose Campus of Colorado Mesa University provides access to a variety of two- and four-year degree programs in a scenic, smaller community campus setting.
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College has campuses in Rangely and Craig, and Service Centers in Meeker, Hayden, Oak Creek's South Routt Center, and through the San Miguel Partnership in Telluride. CNCC offers and offers educational programs that respond to evolvingworkforce environments, including two-year general education transfer degrees. It also offers Associate of General Studies (AGS) - Emphasis Degrees that are tailored for transfer to specific four-year institutions.
  • Colorado Christian University, a private university with a campus located in Grand Junction, offers undergraduate programs for students right out of high school or transferring from another college. For adults with work or prior college experience, it offers programs directed at completing a degree, certificate, or licensing program through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies. For individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree, the university offers graduate degrees through its College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, with many classes available in the evenings and/or on weekends, as well as online.

Still need help? Feel free to contact my Western Slope regional office in Grand Junction: 970-245-9553

Regional Blog

  • Earth Day 2014: Appreciating Colorado’s Natural Treasures

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    In Colorado, we are fortunate to have one of the most diverse natural landscapes in the country. From the fields of the Eastern Plains to the peaks of the Continental Divide to the red rock canyons of the West Slope, our public lands support Colorado's special way of life. Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate our state's natural beauty and recommit ourselves to safeguarding it for future generations.

  • Preparing Our Homes for Wildfire Season

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Colorado has repeatedly broken the "most destructive fire in state history" record over the last several years, from the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires of 2012 to the Black Forest Fire of 2013. This cycle of increasingly destructive fires has made it clear that the question is not if, but when, we’ll have another catastrophic megafire.

  • Gathering Input on the Future of the Colorado National Monument

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    I am working with Congressman Scott Tipton to gather public input on a possible redesignation of the Colorado National Monument — one of our state's most recognizable and stunning public lands — as a national park. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.

  • WHAT I'M WORKING ON: Making Every Drop Count

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Northwest Region
P.O. Box 866
Clark, CO 80428
P: 303-650-7820

Northeast Region
801 8th Street
Suite 140A
Greeley, CO 80631
P: 970-356-5586

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West Slope Region
400 Rood Avenue
Suite 220
Grand Junction, CO 81501
P: 970-245-9553

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999 18th Street
Suite 1525, North Tower
Denver, CO 80202
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107 West B Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
P: 719-542-1701

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954 East 2nd Avenue
Suite 106
Durango, CO 81301
P: 970-247-1047

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2880 International Circle
Suite 107
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
P: 719-471-3993

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609 Main Street
Suite 205
Alamosa, CO 81101
P: 719-589-2101

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