IGNITING CAREER DISCOVERY

In 2005, the Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo became the first youth career expo of its size along the Front Range. It has since been replicated by Denver Public Schools and Douglas County.

Regional and local partners recognize this event as a pivotal introduction for 8th graders to professionals representing career options in most of Colorado’s Industry Career Clusters.

  • CREDIBILITY: Of the Front Range expos, business professionals acknowledge Adams County students for their preparation and good behavior.
  • PREPARATION: Educators have been trained to prepare students with tools students need at the event such as: interviewing skills, handshaking, making positive first impressions, and exploring careers of interest.
    • Students are required to speak with at least 3 business professionals and at least one higher education representative
    • Students use business cards to help them network with employers
    • Employers recognize the top 10% of students. At the end of the event, ACEC recognizes the students who were recognized by employers as being the most professional, thoughtful, and prepared. The highest rated is presented with an award at the Adams County Commissioners' Public Hearing.

 

This event is a success because of the community support it receives.
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EDUCATORS: Shaping the Future Workforce

Educators play a huge role in preparing students for the Career Expo. Educators help students practice doing informational interviews through role-playing scenarios and activities. They also guide students through career-interest surveys so students can determine which companies to spend their time with at the event.

Please use the Educator Resources provided to help instruct students on how to get the most out of the Expo

Educator Resources

The 8th Grade Career Expo is the first in a line of programs offered by ACEC to help students relate to the real world of work. Before the event, students will take a career interest survey and work with their counselors/educators to prepare. They will be given business cards to network with professionals. At this event, students are expected to engage with 3 business professionals and at least 1 continuing education representative. During the event, employers rate the students who demonstrate professionalism. After the event, ACEC awards the students who were ranked the highest by professionals.

To prepare for this event:

  • Look your best!—Dress in clean, professional clothing
  • Ask professionals questions:
    • TIPS:“What’s their favorite part of the job?”, “What kind of education did they have to obtain to get where they are now?”, “What advice to they have for an 8th grade student?”
  • Maintain eye-contact and give a firm hand-shake
  • Thank the employer for their time
  • SMILE!

BUSINESS: Shaping the Future Workforce

Business and community support ensures that this event can be brought to the entire county every year. Corporate and small business sponsorship helps cover event costs and brings a high level of visibility to organizations.
Event sponsorship demonstrates a commitment to ensuring all Adams County 8th graders are exposed to opportunities for their future.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$2,500 Spotlight Industry Sponsor
Represent your company as THE designated sponsor of your entire industry. Sponsorship includes Spotlight Industry Sponsor signage, featured logo placement, preferred banner placement at event, newspaper + website recognition and prominent table placement (includes 4 tables; 2 lunches provided per table)
Sponsor at $2500

$1,000 Industry Exploration Sponsor
Represent your company as a premier industry partner for this event. Enjoy preferred placement for your company banner, preferred logo placement on marketing, newspaper and website recognition.

(includes 3 tables; 2 lunches provided per table)
Sponsor at $1,000

$500 Career Pipeline Sponsor
Show your support for building the workforce pipeline and enjoy the benefits of having your company banner and logo be seen at the event and on marketing materials (includes 2 tables; 2 lunches provided per table)
Sponsor at $500

$115 Vendor Partner
Promote your industry and your company’s career pathways to over 5,500 8th grade students!

(includes 1 table; 2 lunches—additional tables=$115 each and include 2 additional lunches)
Host a Table at $115

Over 5,600 students participated in the 2014 Adams County Commissioners' 8th Grade Career Expo. This marked the 11th year of career discovery for the county's 8th graders.
Students are measured on their career awareness prior to and following the expo.
Students met with at least 3 employers who represented careers of interest. The expo allowed students to determine whether or not they were still interested in further exploring career possibilities in each industry.
When looking at student interest tied to industry, students who explored Social Sciences, Hospitality, Education, and Animal Sciences showed the most continued interest.

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Because a high % of 8th grade students drop out between 8th grade and high school, it is important to understand students' perceptions about continuing education prior to the expo. After participating in the Expo, we see an increase in the perceived need to continue education.career expo post secondary ed

Throughout our programs, we ask many of the same questions to see, over time, how students' perceptions change. To this effect, we ask our 8th graders about their current understanding of employer values and compare that to their understanding after having interacted with employers at the Career Expo.

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To view the complete data report, click here: Career Expo 2014 Eval