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JOBS 180 is a nonprofit organization
JOBS 180 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing on-the-job training and life skills in two professional environments: an electric bicycle shop and a community cafe. In addition to gaining experience in a restaurant or bike shop setting, Individuals who complete an apprenticeship with JOBS 180 leave with employability traits that are valuable in almost any job setting.
The goal of JOBS 180 is to develop well-rounded individuals capable of securing positions in the professional career world, specifically but not limited to, the bicycle and restaurant industry. A professional staff operates the program through GoodTurn Electric Cycles, in Littleton, Colo., and CAFE 180 in Englewood, Colo., utilizing shop space, retail storefront, and a restaurant/kitchen to diversify the experience.
JOBS 180 is successful because it is comprehensive and intensive, integrating on-the-job training and day to day lessons. Our priority is permanent positive change, so we emphasize individual attention, helping participants set personal and professional goals and work together toward meeting them.
JOBS 180 Director
Tourism Liaison/Lead Mechanic
GoodTurn Cycles Store Manager
GoodTurn Cycles Staff
One Good Turn Executive
CAFE 180 Manager
CAFE 180 Kitchen Manager
JOBS 180 Board
Jhovani Becerra – Padres and Jovenes Unidos
Joy Caine – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Aimee Lord – Next Door Eatery
Favianna Oropeza – ACE Scholarships
Carie Sherman – Writer and Consultant
Greg Wallach – Green Tree Cyclery
The dream for JOBS 180 and CAFE 180 started when two friends met for lunch at SAME Cafe in Denver. Julie Mihevc and Catherine Clements had planned to talk about creating transitional housing in Englewood. But they became enthralled with the SAME Cafe concept: Anyone can eat, regardless of their ability to pay. Those who are unable to pay simply exchange their time and energy for a nutritious meal. Already aware of the needs of the South Broadway community in Englewood, the pair knew bringing great food would provide the “hand up” this neighborhood needed.
In 2010, CAFE 180 opened its doors and began serving customers.
After a few years of operating CAFE 180, Clements and other board members saw an increasing need for job opportunities and training for patrons of the restaurant.
It was also during this time that Clements took her first ride on an electric bicycle on a trip over Vail Pass. Like many e-bike riders, after that one experience, Clements was hooked, and wanted to figure out a way to bring job-training and the joy of electric bikes together.
JOBS 180 came to life with the opening of GoodTurn Cycles in November 2016. GoodTurn Cycles is an electric bicycle store that specializes in sales, rentals and service of bikes, and serves as a job-training facility for young people. In partnership with Arapahoe County and the Colorado Department of Labor, GoodTurn Cycles hosts three-month paid work experiences for eligible candidates. The work experience equips apprentices with bicycle maintenance and repair skills as wells as training in employability characteristics that are valuable in any career path.
Starting in 2018, CAFE 180 also began offering paid work experiences through JOBS 180. At the café, apprentices gain experience in a full-service kitchen cooking and preparing soups, salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Apprentices also can gain experience in customer service and training volunteers.