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Signs of Construction: RTD’s Workforce Initiative Now program puts people to work

The Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program is putting 65 people to work on the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail project. The nationally recognized program is a collaborative partnership between RTD, the Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. WIN helps job seekers, companies and local communities through the creation of career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries.

Kernyce Kindred is currently the receptionist for the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure Company. Kindred has been a WIN employee for more than a year, finding the opportunity to grow and learn new skills in her career very valuable.

"The WIN program is beneficial for me because of my age. Usually employers are looking for the younger generation to hire, but with the WIN program, they are instead looking at my qualifications," said Kindred.

Kindred will continue to take online training with the WIN program and start attending ITT Technical Institute next month to pursue her business administration degree, with a specialty in project management.

Scott Lebel has also been a WIN employee for more than a year. He is a civil foreman on Aurora Line/I-225 Rail project and hopes this program will help him work his way up within Kiewit.

"It's important as a WIN member to be proactive and take advantage of the free trainings," Lebel said. He regularly checks the WIN website to see what trainings are offered. He hopes to take more business-related training in the future to further expand his knowledge of this aspect of construction.

Both Kindred and Lebel see being WIN employees as very advantageous in their overall career development. This program continues to grow and is a model for future transit projects.

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