6,000 8th grade students from 33 middle schools throughout Adams County on November 14, 2017 at the Denver Mart. Since 2005, the Adams County Commissioners have sponsored this event to encourage Adams County’s future professionals to explore a variety of career options to help them decide which pathway to pursue.
Thanks to a cooperative effort by school counselors, teachers and administrators, students began preparing for the event weeks in advance. Encouraged to dress in professional attire, students were provided personalized business cards to help them network throughout the day. The goal of this event is to allow students the opportunity to practice professionalism and leadership. Top students from the Expo receive gift cards and merchandise prizes in addition to award certificates. The top one to three students will be presented with a plaque at an Adams County Commissioners Public Hearing.
For the last 13 years this event has had outstanding support from the business community. b“This year we hosted more than 100 business professionals and higher education representatives who were excited and eager to encourage students to explore different career pathways,” said Chuck Gross, executive director of the Adams County Education Consortium, which organized the event. “It takes the collaboration and vision of the community to provide the outreach for students to learn more about themselves and the multitude of career paths they can pursue.”
“If you want a good job you need to start preparing yourself now,” said one 8th grade student from Vikan Middle School. “I learned to make eye contact and shake people’s hand,” said a student from Colorado STEM Academy. A student from Prairie View Middle School said he was excited to find out what he needed to do to become a pilot.
The event would not be possible without the incredible support from the Adams County Board of Commissioners and our contributing event sponsors: Ramos Law, the Denver Mart, Janus Henderson Investors, United Power, ConocoPhillips, Adams County Economic Development, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, City of Westminster, Kaiser Permanente, City of Thornton, Research Electro-Optics, Inc., Geotech Environmental Equipment, Wagner Equipment, Deltech, Inc., Colorado Contractors Association, City of Northglenn, Adams County Office of the Coroner, Cummins, Inc., University of Colorado Denver, JVA Inc., Xcel Energy, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Front Range Community College, and the South Adams County Water & Sanitation District.