COVID-19 Measures

*updated June 18th, 2020

We would like all of our students and supporters to understand that we continue to ardently treat the recent COVID-19 outbreak very seriously. To help ensure your health and safety, we continue to update and improve our Academy procedures and programming to continue meeting your training and career needs. Please keep checking this notice regularly to ensure you are getting the most up-to-date information.

Bootcamp Programming

  • On July 6th we are bringing back in-person training. This includes on-campus and Popup training on a construction site in Aurora. Seating is limited. Safety guidelines as recommended by local government will be followed. Sign up for an info session
  • On July 13th we are also offering three weeks of Bootcamp Online. This is live and interactive and includes all of the same content and career preparation as on-site training. Sign up for an info session
  • To join any of our in-person or online training options contact our Recruiter, Brian Dare, or sign up for an info session to figure out how to enroll.

OSHA-10 Course

  • OSHA-10 will be taught online and is currently scheduled to begin June  24th – 25th.

High School Youth Construction Apprenticeship Programming

  • High School youth classes are delivering online instruction through the end of the school year. Instructors have contacted school advisors and students to set up regular online meetings. During online meetings, teachers will deliver course content, conduct activities, address questions, and assign homework.

Construction Management College Programming

  • Construction Management college classes are currently in progress online.
  • Register NOW for our Construction Management courses. Current students can self-register through the MYCCA portal. New students must enroll in the Community College of Aurora to register to access Summer 2020 Construction Management courses. Contact Cyanna Whitney for support – Cyanna.Whitney@CCAurora.edu 

Employer Career Fair

  • Career fairs continue to be scheduled virtually

While Academy’s doors are currently not open for walk-in and face-to-face support at this time, you can still reach Academy staff for help and information if you ever have a need, concern, or question. We are here for you!

You can email our WORKNOW Navigator, Irazú Hernández, our Career Coach, Kristin Davenport, or our Recruiter, Brian Dare.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Good news!​..this is a Resource Page dedicated to those who may require assistance during these challenging, unprecedented times!

    • Find cold weather shelter​: denvergov.org/emergencyshelter or call 211
      • Two daytime warming centers
      • La Alma Lincoln Park Rec Center–1325 W. 11th Avenue
      • St. Francis Center Day Shelter Overflow
    • Updated Food Pantries in Real Time​: Google Docs sheet
    • Internet Essentials​: Free upgraded internet speeds for Comcast customers (from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps) no action necessary and new customers will receive 2 months of free service. Plus affordable ($9.95/mo) high-speed internet access for eligible households (on National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others), and low cost computer ($149.99)
      • Comcast has also committed to keep service on for customers who call or chat to let them know about hardship/inability to pay during the outbreak.
  • Xcel​: Will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If customers are having difficulty paying bills, contact Xcel to arrange a payment plan.
  • Denver Water​: Denver Water has suspended all water shut-offs due to delinquent payment to ensure all customers have access to their drinking water.
    • As always, customers who are concerned about being able to pay their bill should contact the​ ​Denver Water Customer Care team​ at 303-893-2444, Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Customer Care team is experienced in working with customers to evaluate options, like payment plans, waiving late fees, delaying water turn-offs or connecting the customer with other resources, including Denver’s​ ​Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance program​.
  • Aunt Bertha​: Aggregating resources online where people can find help in a time of need. Includes connections to resources for food, housing, health, education, work, and retirement. WORKNOW already uses Aunt Bertha
  • Paid sick leave for COVID-19 testing​: The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.
  • Unemployment insurance​: Workers whose hours or wages are cut back can file an unemployment claim at ​www.coloradoui.gov
  • Empower​ ​Work​: Empower work is a free chat service that provides confidential, immediate workplace support via trained peer counselors. Online or text chat at 510-674-1414
  • COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period with Connect for Health Colorado​:​ from March 20 through April 3
    • -Summary:​ To ensure that Coloradans have the health coverage they need, especially because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Connect for Health Colorado, working with the Colorado Division of Insurance, will offer a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for those who are ​not currently insured​. This SEP will not require customers to verify that they currently do not have access to coverage. Coverage will start on April 1, 2020, for all enrollees, but they may need to contact the Customer Service Center if they apply between April 1 and April 3, 2020.
    • -​Details: The Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 will run from Friday, March 20, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020.-Contact:​ Please direct customers to ​ConnectforHealthCO.com​ or the Customer Service Center at 855-752-6749 to sign up for coverage. CBMS users can contact Bailey Dvorak at ​bdvorak@c4hco.com​ ​for more information on this Special Enrollment Period.
    • -Additional Notes: ​Many people are unaware that they are eligible for financial assistance to help lower their premiums. They encourage everyone who is uninsured to use this opportunity to visit Connect for Health Colorado, check what assistance they may be eligible for, and enroll in coverage.
    • -Coloradans who lose their job, or who may lose their job in the coming weeks, and thus lose their employer-based health insurance, are reminded that loss of such coverage allows them a 60-day window to enroll in individual coverage, whenever that might happen throughout the year.
  • Home Actions | Love Northeast Denver​ : Support for residents of 80216, 80205, 80207, and 80022 (South Commerce City) and members of participating churches; Request assistance on-line or call hotline 720-673-9994
  • Hunger Free Colorado COVID-19​ Emergency Food Resources overview of statewide resources; individuals may also call ​Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm).
  • School Districts food distribution maps for metro Denver region (many public school districts are providing “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches for youth up to age 21 in the school district (and their parents) at their designated school distribution site https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1hszum017jHHqPOESB7wvxVQrF40BA W-l&ll=39.85121251345305%2C-105.12239595&z=9
  • Denver Emergency Food Network​ ​​Food Delivery for Homebound Families (includes WORKNOW partner Focus Points) is delivering free prepared meal boxes to homebound families and elderly individuals in need Sign up on line or Contact Grace Soulen at grace@focuspoints.org​ or 303-292-0770
  • Colorado Crisis Line​ ​-If you need to talk right now ​Text TALK to 38255-This free and confidential crisis phone line is available 24/7 to help in all mental health situations ranging from anxiety and depression to suicide and self-harm. This resource is also available to consult with those supporting individuals going through a crisis. Mobile units and walk in clinic access are available.-Immediate care is available from a crisis counselor through ​Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners​.
  • Tax filing deadline extended​: ​Federal Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the IRS is moving the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
  • Scholastic ​Learn at Home-​ FREE resources for school closures​:​ provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys ​designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to students who have to move due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic​:
    • Many colleges and universities are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing campus and sending students home.
    • The company says they are “standing by and ready to help” in this time of need where students may be scrambling on how to quickly move or store their belongings.
    • In addition to offering 30 days of free self-storage, U-Haul offers several moving options including special rates for truck and trailer rentals.
    • U-Haul says the minimum age to rent a truck is 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.
    • There may be limited availability in your area, so the company is encouraging students to act quickly.