Interim director hired for Bright Futures grant program

GREELEY — Amy Tallent has been hired to serve as interim director of the Weld County Bright Futures grant program.

Tallent will work under the management of Upstate Colorado Economic Development in a new location, 822 7th St., Suite 215, in Greeley.

Upstate Colorado will provide the Bright Futures program with operational support and help guide grant recipients on how to develop the skills potential employers in Weld County are looking for as they fill positions.

Started with the Class of 2016, the Bright Futures program provides tuition assistance for Weld County residents who are high school graduates, GED recipients and honorably discharged U.S. veterans. The program provides recipients with a stipend to attend a secondary education institution.

Tallent is founder and principal of The Tallent Co. During the past 10 years, she has worked with towns and cities, special districts, political leaders, among others, specializing in effective communication and strategic organization for large and small companies.

“This workforce stipend program has already supported thousands of Weld County students entering college and trade schools,” Tallent said in a prepared statement.  “Our immediate goals for the organization will be focused on creating program sustainability and efficient communication to donors and participants.”