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School to Work Alliance Program

School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) is a collaborative effort between Thompson R2-J Public Schools and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Our primary goal is to assist youth in a successful transition from school to the world of work. We assist young adults with finding meaningful employment opportunities in their community.

Program Coordinator:
Ryan Kolo
427-B North Railroad Ave.
Loveland, CO
Phone: 970-669-8349
Fax: 970-669-8062


We hope to:
  • Expand employment opportunities for youth
  • Engage local employers in a partnership that supports a successful school-to-work transition
  • Encourage youth to maintain economic independence in their community
What does SWAP offer to youth ages 16-25?
  • Assessment of vocational skills and interests
  • Teaching social skills regarding work, home, and community
  • Job seeking and job placement assistance
  • Post-employment follow-up and support for both employee and employer
What can SWAP do for your business and our community?
  • Provide a pool of job ready candidates
  • Provide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for each employer
  • Monitor participant performance
  • Provide job coaching as needed
  • Provide an opportunity to become involved with local community and schools
  • Prepare youth for the transition into work through teaching job seeking and "job keeping" skills
  • Promote the efforts of local businesses to expand their labor pool and customer base
  • Provide on-site follow-up support to SWAP employers