The Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s Young Adult Services Team is dedicated to building meaningful relationships with our clients and assisting them in realizing their career goals.We will bring together our combined experience and knowledge to present our clients with the tools and resources needed to gain traction toward a meaningful career and provide them the financial support and career coaching needed to achieve that outcome.
Cathy Cimino serves as a Career Counselor for the Young Adult Services Team and works closely with our alternative high school community partners to help enroll at-risk students in the WIOA young adult program. Cathy has associate degrees in educational psychology and early childhood education. Cathy is a certified, “Bring Your A Game to Work,” trainer. Cathy is often out in the community sharing the opportunities available through the Young Adult program. Cathy has been with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for 15 years and has worked with youth throughout her life. She embraces the challenges as well as the rewards of working with young people who need a hand up. Cathy is a Colorado native and a true country girl at heart. She loves outdoor activities, sports and photography. She spends her weekends with her family, her dog Nika, and newly adopted cat, Abbey.
Edwin Mercado serves as a Career Counselor for the Young Adult Services Team. Edwin works closely with homeless and formerly incarcerated young adults who are trying to return to the workforce and continue their education. He also serves as our Career Construction Days liaison. Edwin has an associate degree in accounting and is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer. Edwin has been employed at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for over 10 years and has over 5 years of experience as a young adult career counselor. Edwin was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. He and his family “headed west” to get away from the concrete jungle to raise his two boys. They enjoy bowling, mini golf, and laser tag. Previously Edwin was a corrections officer at Riker’s Island in New York City for four years.
Lacy Scott serves as a Young Adult Services Workforce Technician, connecting regional young adults to career and continuing education opportunities. She conducts program orientation and workforce immersion to welcome young adults seeking new opportunities. Lacy previously served as the Workforce Center volunteer program and financial/administrative program lead. Before joining the Workforce Center, Lacy was a recruiter with a regional staffing agency where she developed business partnerships and helped job seekers prepare for interview success. Lacy has extensive experience helping young adults with resumes and job interview readiness and has served as a young adult life coach and mentor emphasizing young adult employment opportunities. Preparing young adults to reach their potential keeps Lacy motivated. In her personal time, she volunteers as a coach local youth sports teams.
Tasha Baker serves as the Senior Career Counselor for the Young Adult Services Team. Tasha has a bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education and brings a wealth of educational knowledge, especially in science and math, and an understanding of learning strategies to our team and our clients. Tasha has been with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for more than 3 years and is a master of many trades and strategies she applies in helping clients improve their careers. Tasha is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer and serves as the team Job Retention Education task leader. Her love of science and math does not end in the classroom or at work as she is an avid reader and science fiction fan. When she’s not working with young adults, Tasha likes to explore nature with her camera.
Sarah Brown serves as a Career Counselor for the Young Adult Services Team. Prior to joining the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Sarah provided case management and employment services for the Responsible Parent Program, a phased intervention program working with the Magistrate’s Office, Young Williams Child Support and the Center on Fathering. In addition to working with non-custodial parents providing mentorship and supportive services to aid self-sufficiency, Sarah facilitated weekly Ex-Offender Job Readiness Workshops designed to address the many facets of this barrier to employment. Sarah has also worked with young adults with intellectual and learning challenges, helping to build their confidence while teaching core life skills. Sarah is a certified “Bring Your A Game to Work” trainer. Sarah has a love of travel, sewing, music and reading. In her free time you can find Sarah hanging with her dog, Bosley, building up her book and record collections, and attending concerts.
Debbie Shackelford is the Programs Manager. In this role, Debbie is responsible for leading a team dedicated to providing high-quality services for young adults beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. She previously led teams in the banking industry and has extensive experience in leadership and business coaching. She is a trained facilitator with certifications from The Center for Work Ethic Development and in the aha! Process: Getting Ahead While Getting Out. Debbie is a recipient of the Accolades Award: Business Leader of the Year from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Alicia Cover serves as a Career Counselor for the Young Adult Services Team. Alicia is based out of the Teller County satellite offices in Cripple Creek, Woodland Park and Divide, where she builds meaningful relationships with young adults and local businesses in order to support lasting employment opportunities in the community. Alicia has her Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. Alicia is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer and implements the “Bridges Out of Poverty” model. Previously, Alicia was a victim advocate for the 4th Judicial D.A.’s office and a family advocate for CPCD in Colorado Springs. When she is not advocating for young adults to help them realize their career goals, Alicia can be found rock climbing outdoors or teaching dance classes on the weekend.
CONTACT A YOUNG ADULT TEAM MEMBER AT 719-667-3860.