Katrina Daniel, Employment Specialist at the Larimer County Workforce Center won a statewide award at the Employment First conference, for placing nearly 200 people in jobs in program year 2008. Katrina had the highest number of customers obtaining employment in the entire state. This is the third year in a row that she has received this award.
Employment First is a federally mandated program designed to ensure that all able-bodied food stamp participants are engaged in activities that will improve their employability. The program is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services, and currently operates in 45 Colorado counties.
All individuals who apply for food stamps in Colorado and who do not meet federal exemption criteria must participate in Employment First activities. These activities include: community service, adult basic education, GED preparation, literacy, vocational rehabilitation, job search classes, and part-time work.
The award received by Katrina Daniel and the Larimer County Workforce Center's Employment First program is the result of the dedicated partnership between the Larimer County Department of Human Services and the Larimer County Workforce Center and their personal commitment to providing the best services to customers.