Rocky Mountain Service, Employment, & Redevelopment (RMSER) Timeline

1980:  RMSER is initially incorporated as Rocky Mountain S. E. R. (SER is the acronym for: Service, Employment, and Redevelopment; ser also means "to be" in Spanish) / Jobs for Progress Inc.

1981:  Rocky Mountain S. E. R. / Jobs for Progress Inc. (RMSER) Workforce Development Services began in 1981 as the successful bidder in a competitive process administered by the Balance of State / Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (BOS/CETA) under the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

1982:  RMSER was the successful bidder for the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), from the Office of Rural Training.  JTPA replaced the CETA program and allowed RMSER to continue providing employment and training to adult, youth, dislocated workers, year round in-school, as well as, out of school participants in regions 6, 7, and 8.  Region 7 was subsequently divided into Huerfano and Las Animas counties, Region 14.    Under the JTPA Program, RMSER also administered a Summer Youth Employment and Training Program each summer and provided summer opportunities to in-school participants.  Also in 1982, RMSER was the successful bidder for JTPA §402, the Colorado Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker program through the United States Department of Labor (USDOL ).

1982 - 2000:  RMSER successfully operated several smaller employment and training programs such as the Older Worker Program through the Governor’s Job Training Office, Welfare-to-Work through the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), Welfare-to-Work and JTPA  through the Office of Rural Job Training, and the  Job Training Partnership Act Adult Services through Denver Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training.  Each of these programs has since expired or are now covered under a new Federal Act.

1984:  RMSER’s Western Slope Head Start Program began in Mesa County.  This program was subsequently expanded to serve Delta, Garfield, and Moffat counties.

1991:  RMSER is awarded the Pecos Community Center Building and property on 3555 Pecos Street, Denver, Colorado by Mayor Webb.
1997:  RMSER was awarded the Head Start Program for 16 neighborhoods in North and West Denver.

1999:  RMSER won the WIA contracts (WIA contracts replaced JTPA funding) to provide adult, dislocated worker and youth employment and training programs in the South Central and Southeast sub-regions.  During this time, RMSER had also been awarded a portion of the youth program for the Pueblo sub-region.  In addition, RMSER was awarded the new WIA 167 National Farmworker Jobs Program contract from the United States Department of Labor for the entire State of Colorado which took the place of the JTPA 402 program.

2000:  RMSER was awarded the Head Start grant for Huerfano, Las Animas, Conejos and Costilla Counties.

2002:  RMSER became the Head Start grantee for Pueblo County.

2003:  RMSER became a subgrantee of SER National Jobs for Progress, Inc., to manage the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in 46 of Colorado’s counties. SCSEP provides workforce development and training services to unemployed, low-income persons over the age of 55.

2008:  RMSER became a Head Start Super Grantee through the consolidation of all its Head Start regions.  RMSER is awarded the Fatherhood Initiatives Grant through Colorado Human Services.

2009:  RMSER is awarded the replacement grant for the Alamosa Head Start Program.