HistoriCorps’ Workforce Training Program:
Denver Mountain Parks
In summer 2021, HistoriCorps, Groundwork Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Denver Economic Development and Opportunity developed and piloted a six-week historic preservation Workforce Training Program for participants to learn preservation theory and hands-on skills. In the end, the cohort saved a historic building and discovered a new career path – it was a win-win-win for all involved!
Over the course of this program, four participants traveled from around the Denver Metro area to the Mount Morrison CCC Camp and Katherine Craig Park to study historic preservation theory, get trained on essential construction skills, and then put those skills to work stabilizing the Katherine Craig Park Garage. This program trained four young adults in preservation theory and essential construction skills, and then put those skills to work stabilizing the CCC-built Katherine Craig Park Garage. Upon conclusion of the program, participants attended a career fair filled with eager employers, and there they explored opportunities to continue building their skills in construction, conservation, and other fields.
The pilot was so successful that HistoriCorps will be doubling the impact of this program by running two six-week trainings in 2022, again in Denver’s Mountain Parks! HistoriCorps is actively seeking opportunities to develop a similar program in other urban and near-urban areas. Please reach out
if you are interested in learning more, or submitting a proposal to bring HistoriCorps’ Workforce Training Program to your community.