Adams County Eighth Graders Prepare For The Future At Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo

7th Annual Event Jumpstarts Career Preparation and Promotes Job Creation for the Community

Online PR News – 19-November-2010 – – Denver, CO -– On Tuesday, Adams County Board of Commissioners hosted the 7th annual Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo, a unique career fair designed to encourage the county’s eighth-grade students to explore future career paths with business professionals.

More than 200 business representatives and over 5,000 students, teachers, guidance counselors, and volunteers attended the 2010 event, which was hosted at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The Adams County Commissioners Career Expo is built to accommodate all eighth graders in Adams County school districts.

“The enthusiasm of the students at this year’s career expo was truly uplifting,” said Sandra Steiner, Executive Director of the Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC). “With the event’s attendance increasing each year, we’re preparing a growing number of our community’s future job candidates while preparing a workforce to fuel our local economy.”

At the career fair, students were provided with personal business cards and incentivized to engage with business professionals about career opportunities. This year, the top students of the day were awarded with prizes. Also in attendance this year were guests from California and other parts of Colorado, all of whom plan to replicate the Adams County event in their local communities.

“The fact that others are planning to model our career expo really speaks to the success we have been able to achieve,” said Board Chairman Alice J. Nichol. “Adams County is proud to be a leader in a career education expo that meets the needs of students and employers. This event provides a way for the Board of County Commissioners to financially support a meaningful program for students from all school districts in the county.”

“The major goal of the Expo is to ignite the imagination of these students at exactly the age when all too many drop out,” said Adams Star Five Superintendent Chris Gdowski. “Here they learned firsthand the earning potential of many professional trades and how to access higher education. We hope that many attendees now have a glimpse of their earning power by at least finishing high school.”

The mission of the ACEC is to foster a countywide partnership that will develop academic skills, knowledge-based career exploration and work readiness for Adams County students. The consortium includes representatives from Adams County school districts, post-secondary education, local municipalities, community-based organizations and the business community.

“ACEC shares its expo model with any and all that ask,” said Linda Bowman, ACEC board chair and president of Community College of Aurora. “We are proud this program has achieved both regional and national recognition. Most importantly, we are so grateful to the Adams County Board of Commissioners who make the event possible through their continual support.”

The Adams County Education Consortium’s mission is to develop a county wide partnership that will enhance the academic skills development, career knowledge and exploration, and relevant work ready skills for all learner groups in Adams County. The group includes representation from the Adams County school districts, post secondary education, local governments, community based organizations, and the business community. The ACEC executive committee is comprised of the area superintendents and community college presidents who unanimously support the initiative. The director of the ACEC is located at Front Range Community College and reports to ACED.

Adams County covers 1,187 square miles on the northern tier of the six-county Denver metropolitan area. It surrounds the Denver International Airport on three sides, and is centrally located approximately 15 minutes from either downtown Denver or Boulder. It ranks among the top five largest counties in the state, with a population of approximately 364,000 residents, and is projected to be the fastest growing county in the metro Denver area over the next two decades. Adams County is considered the most diverse in the metro area in terms of mixed-use characteristics, and offers one of the best transportation networks in the state. It is the home to the Fitzsimmons Colorado Bioscience Research Park, Front Range Airport and the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge. Boasting diverse housing opportunities, a highly educated workforce, and close proximity to the region’s major colleges, universities and research facilities, Adams County offers a strong pro-business climate and outstanding quality of life for employees and companies.