As small businesses operating within the tourism and retail sectors ramp-up to accommodate the droves of tourists who descend upon the Arkansas River Valley for rafting, hiking, and other outdoor activities the region is known for, Region 13 Tourism and Retail Sector Partnership is working to empower our local workforce through reskilling and upskilling. 


Take a few minutes to review the resources below and register for the FREE certifications to take the first step toward your next career! 


Career Bootcamp – Learn the fundamentals for all professions. From learning about communication skills and organizational planning to using core technology tools and understanding professional etiquette, the Career Readiness Bootcamp program provides the skills you’ll need to stand out in any job.


Hospitality – Show your Colorado pride by demonstrating your knowledge about our breathtaking state and enrich each of your interactions with visitors this summer by becoming certified through the Colorado Concierge Program – an online hospitality training.


RetailRetail Industry Fundamentals is a 10-lesson program from the National Retail Federation Foundation’s RISE Up initiative that allows you to explore the business of retail, customer service, sales, and merchandising.


Customer Service – Those who earn their Customer Service & Sales certification will master their ability to engage customers effectively, close sales, assess customer needs, and demonstrate other vital customer service and sales skills. 


Business of Retail – This course covers best practices for planning your career path and advancing your professional career.The Business of Retail: Operations & Profit program will teach you about revenue generation, marketing, store operations, and workplace safety to ensure you have the tools you’ll need to be successful. 


TOR Slack Channel – Every Wednesday between 8:00 – 9:00AM, Region 13 Tourism and Retail Sector Partnership hosts a free-flowing discussion about workforce empowerment, the need to attract and retain local talent, and the importance of upskilling/reskilling to accelerate economic recovery. Create a FREE Slack account to join the conversation!


WorkLife Partnership – Founded in 2009, WorkLife Partnership is a nonprofit organization that’s focused on creating economic equity and thriving workplaces across the country. WorkLife deploys its Resource Navigator benefit inside of businesses to provide personalized, immediate, one-on-one assistance when workers need it most.


To facilitate trainings, certifications and committee communication across Fremont, Custer, Lake and Chaffee Counties, Region 13 Tourism and Retail Sector Partnership utilizes a variety of cloud-based tools including Zoom, Basecamp, and Slack – a communication tool used by more than 700,000 organizations around the globe. Through these courses participants will also gain a better understanding of how to build a stand out resume, learn best practices for interviewing and exploring career paths, and more! 


About Fremont Economic Development Corporation (FEDC): Fremont Economic Development Corporation is a professional economic development organization focused directly on business attraction, retention and expansion in Fremont County, Colorado. With an established and growing network of business, academic and governmental partners, we directly assist business leaders by connecting them with the right people, the appropriate resources and the most meaningful and relevant information available.