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DPS Apprentice Named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year for 2019

Dec. 2, 2019
Eric Miller stands with his award next to the fireplace

Eric Miller from Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD), who finished all his high school graduation requirements in May and now is in his fifth year taking courses at Community College of Denver (CCD), was recently awarded Outstanding Apprentice of the Year for 2019

The 2019 Colorado Apprenticeship Awards recognize and honor the exceptional apprenticeship programs, employers and apprentices throughout the state of Colorado. These awards are a partnership of the Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Workforce Development Council and CareerWise Colorado. 

As the winner of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year for 2019, as detailed by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, “[Eric’s] coworkers commended him on his enthusiasm and his willingness to help others, especially with technology. During his apprenticeship, he has automated a reporting process, which now takes five minutes instead of a week.” 

While struggling to find relevance in his own schoolwork, Eric became aware of the apprenticeship program through his apprenticeship coordinator at school. He decided to take a chance and apply, and was hired by Pinnacol Assurance as a Technical Solutions Specialist on the Device Automation Team.  

These days, Eric has completed high school, is close to completing his associate degree in business and plans to explore options to earn a bachelor’s degree soon. He is looking for opportunities to leverage his certifications, experience and expertise in bot automation to secure a full-time opportunity at Pinnacol or another employer. Congratulations, Eric!

Read more about the apprenticeship award winners at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/news/“apprenticeships-make-colorado-stronger”-—-business-experiential-learning-commission-and-lt-gov