Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne Wednesday announced the creation of a new construction career training program in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors of Colorado.

The program involves a one-month-long career training course called Construction Careers Now at the Emily Griffith Technical College that is expected to help get people ready to fill jobs in the construction industry in Colorado, which has experienced labor shortages for the last few years.

An estimated 30,000 new employees will be needed in Colorado over the next seven years, according to AGC of Colorado.

The program is funded by a $1.1 million grant from the state to AGC of Colorado, Colorado Contractors Association and Hispanic Contractors of Colorado, which allows for outreach and recruitment into the programs. Job-seekers participating in the program can do so at no cost.

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