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Business Development Relies on Talent

Find your workforce in Durango

Having access to a talented workforce is the heart of a successful business.  You won’t have a problem finding them here in La Plata County. Almost 42% of our residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.  With a four year college, two community colleges, and numerous continuing education programs and workforce training, Durango provides a workforce unparalleled in the Rocky Mountains for your business development needs.

Learn more about our colleges or how the Alliance can help you recruit key talent through programs like the trailing spouse initiative.

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-7010

Durango is home to Fort Lewis College, an independent four-year public liberal arts institution of about 4,100 students, which offers 24 degree programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Business Administration. In addition to its educational mission,Fort Lewis College offers a wealth of service programs for the region including Continuing Education Classes, business consultation, and support for the arts and other organizations. Because of its commitment to the state and region, the college has established itself as a vital part of the Durango community.

701 Camino del Rio, Suite 100

Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-2929

Southwest Colorado Community College is a two-campus division of Pueblo Community College. Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC) is a fully accredited two-year college, and provides educational programs in both Durango and Mancos to serve the citizens of La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores, and San Juan Counties. The philosophy of the college is that all who feel they have the ability to benefit and the motivation to succeed should have access to higher education.

SCCC awards associates degrees and certificates in a variety of academic and career and technical education programs, including Nursing, CISCO Networking, Business Management/Accounting, and Digital Arts, among others.

SCCC also has a robust workforce training division, offering customized and general public non-credit skills training to strengthen the region’s workforce, such as supervisory and leadership skills, workplace readiness, and human resources. SCCC can even provide mobile learning solutions to meet you and your employees at your worksite.

4601 College Blvd.

Farmington, NM 87402

(505) 326-3311

Located just over the state line in Farmington, San Juan College is one of the largest two-year community colleges in the state of New Mexico, providing quality education to more than 18,000 students annually.

San Juan College offers more than 100 two-year degree and certificate programs in variety of disciplines including healthcare, energy, trades, technology, arts, sciences, business and more. Transfer programs with the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University allow for four year education and training as well. An array of non-credit classes, as well as services to grow local businesses, is provided through the Center for Community Engagement and the Quality Center for Business.

331 S. Camino del Rio, Suite C

Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-0308

Colorado Workforce centers provide a variety of resources to assist employers and job seekers alike. Colorado Workforce has a center in Bodo Park in Durango to help you find employees to match your needs, and create virtual job fairs that enable you to recruit from anywhere in the country. Contact Colorado Workforce today to find out how they can assist you in finding new employees, pre-screening applicants, and help with tax credits and training reimbursements for your workforce development needs.

3473 Main Avenue #12

Durango, CO 81301


Elwood Staffing provides temporary, special projects, seasonal, long term and direct hire staffing. They provide people at all levels, from skilled labor through executive placement for labor, production, and clerical positions. Elwood Staffing covers the entire Four Corners area, with office in Durango, Cortez and Farmington, NM.