AGC CO President Continues Workforce Development Advocacy

AGC CO Workforce Development Michael Gifford_Denver CO

Denver, CO — Michael Gifford, President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC/C), was recently appointed to the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation was created in 2000 and provides support for children of Colorado workers who have been injured or killed in compensable work-related accidents regardless of insurance carrier. Gifford will offer a unique perspective on how the Foundation can support the children interested in skilled trade and vocational education.

This Board appointment coincides with a recent million-dollar grant Gifford assisted in securing for the AGC/C that focuses on skilled worker outreach, recruitment and training programs. AGC partnered with the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) and the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC), to secure the $1M funding as part of the WORK Act Grant and will be partnering with the Emily Griffith Technology College to offer a 30-day pre-apprenticeship program.

Gifford has also helped enact another workforce development program through the Careers in Construction program in association with the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA). This particular program focuses on high-school aged students to provide basic skills training in the main trades for plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry. The project provides a viable alternative to those students not seeking a traditional four-year degree, with competitive wages for skilled labor.

Gifford serves on several organizations including elected Chairman of the AGC of America Executive Leadership Council, the Executive Committees of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Water Infrastructure Network. He is Vice-Chair of C3, a state-wide lobbying organization and serves on the Board of the Aurora Economic Development Council and the Colorado Society of Association Executives. Gifford received his B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Southern California and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Boise State University.

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