June 11, 2010
The Colorado Workforce Center, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Moffat County joined forces to use recent stimulus money to help residents finish their high school education and get back to work. From left are Colleen Wilkinson, of the Colorado Workforce Center, Tinneal Gerber, Moffat County budget analyst, and George Avgares, director of Colorado Student Care, which will help coordinate tutoring and support for the students.
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Since he dropped out of Moffat County High School 12 years ago, Patrick Perkins has worked as a security guard, maintenance technician, at a lumberyard, as a pizza delivery guy and at Twentymile Coal Co. But, in 2008, Perkins found himself the victim of cutbacks at the mine. He was out of work in a country spiraling into an economic recession. He had no high school diploma and a wife and two kids at home.