Launch My Career Colorado Podcast Series

It can be hard to know which colleges—and which majors—might be right for you and your goals. LaunchMyCareer, made possible with support from USA Funds, helps you cut through the confusion and find programs of study that can lead to well-paying jobs and a good life. This is a new webtool created especially for students and employers in Colorado.

Launch My Career Colorado,, is a project of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce; Gallup, Inc.; and the American Institutes of Research College Measures partnership. Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) is leading the charge in Colorado. CACI hosted the launch event held June 9, 2016 at History Colorado.

The webtool will cultivate more successful graduates through three main components: connecting to “hot jobs” as tailored to our state, emphasizing “hot skills” that companies around here want in its employees, and illustrating the return on investment (ROI) that can be expected in relation to the lives that users want, respectively. The system, which has components for students as well as currently-working adults, asks some specific and thought-provoking questions about lifestyle expectations and compares those expectations to career pathway projections.

Colorado Business Roundtable is sharing the webtool with our member companies because we want you to have a strong, capable workforce, now and in the future. We are proud to be the recipient of a grant for this purpose from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

Here are the podcasts so far, four of six in the series:

College Measures President Mark Schneider explains how the tool can lead to more successful graduates by directing their focus to three main considerations: Hot Jobs, Hot Skills and the Return On Investment based on the career and lifestyle each student expects. (Aired June 14, 2016)

Gallup, Inc.'s Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, discusses the value of a college degree in today’s ever‐changing workforce landscape. (Aired August 2, 2016)

USA Funds sent Alison Griffin and Derek Redelman to talk about today’s employment challenges, Completion with a Purpose, the partnership that launched this webtool, and the Gallup-USA Funds Daily Education Index. (Aired August 23, 2016)

Colorado Mountain College's Matt Gianneschi, CEO; Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury, Career Services Director; and Rachel Pokrandt, Interim Vice President and Campus Dean, discuss challenges specific to Colorado's Western Slope and share the successes of the career-oriented programs available to high school students which help them reduce college costs. (Aired September 14, 2016)

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If you know anyone who has used or should use this tool and would like to tell us about your experience in a sound byte or a whole podcast, please contact PR Coordinator Tara Alexander at 303-396-6210 or