ACEC April Events Draw Rave Reviews!


The 2017 ACEC Backpacks to Briefcases event took place on April 17 and was a great success! We were thrilled to host some 500 Adams County students as they learned fresh, relevant career skills needed to successfully transition from high school to the world of work or post-secondary opportunities. Many of these students had never had the opportunity to practice professional networking skills. Here is some of the feedback from the event:

“Everything I learned today only motivated me to achieve more in life. I’ve gotten small anecdotes of info that I will likely take with me for the rest of my life.” (student)

“(I learned) we all have different backgrounds and it’s how you overcome your obstacles that define who you are.” (student)

“It was my first B2B event and I am still talking about it. I was so inspired.” (business host)

“I have not seen my students be so enthusiastic about an event we have taken them to. I saw how inspired they were to keep pursuing the goals that we have talked about this year. I am also really glad that they are now connected to more people they can reach out to with any questions.” (school counselor)

Check out a short video of the event:


Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards

Twenty-two Adams County youth who have overcome personal adversity to create positive change in their lives and with those around them were recognized at a special banquet on April 27 at the Radiance Event Center in Commerce City.  ACEC acts as the lead in facilitating this award promotion and selection process.

The Adams County Commissioners were joined by elected officials from Aurora, Arvada, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster in recognizing teenagers in grades 6 through 12 at the award ceremony. Award winners received a host of prizes donated by local merchants, a customized trophy, and an educational enrichment gift to aid them in furthering their education.

“This program provides businesses, the community and civic leaders an opportunity to actively demonstrate their support for the young people in all of our communities and recognize them for their accomplishments,” said Commissioner Eva Henry.  “These are youth that have handled a variety of hardships and are ready to soar.”

Watch a short video of the event:


Save the Date for the Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo!

ACEC is now soliciting industry partners for the Adams County Commissioners Career Expo, which will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.  More than 5,700 8th grade students participated in the event last year. This is a great opportunity to help students discover their future careers and ignite their interests.  To register or for more information, contact Chuck Gross at or 303.453.8515.