First Electrical Apprenticeship Scholarship Awarded to Adams County Youth
In May, Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) and the Independent Electrical Contractors Association Rocky Mountain (IECRM) awarded their first electrical apprenticeship scholarship to Julien Gomez Brown, a recent graduate of Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) high school in the Mapleton School District.
Julien will receive a $2000 scholarship to cover the costs of his apprenticeship training at IECRM. He is now employed at Montgomery Electric. ACEC coordinated the scholarship process in which Julien provided a scholarship application with personal references, interviewed at IECRM, passed the IECRM math test and attended an IECRM hiring fair.
The partnership between the IECRM and ACEC was facilitated by the Metro North Chamber of Commerce. The MNCC hosted a breakfast for its members which included an appeal by ACEC to get more students engaged in post-secondary training/certification/apprenticeship programs by offering scholarship opportunities.
ACEC and IECRM look forward to continuing the program and promoting school to career pathways for students not pursuing a traditional four-year college track.
Theresa Stets, ACEC Program Manager presents the IECRM scholarship certificate to Julien Gomez Brown at his work site at Main Street School in Longmont
More Apprenticeship Scholarships in Diverse Fields on the Horizon
ACEC obtained funding from the Adams County Foundation to administer scholarships for apprenticeship opportunities for Adams County youth. The Foundation contributed $35,000 and ACEC is in the process of applying in September for a matching grant from the State of Colorado. If approved, ACEC will have a total of $70,000 to award by May 2020. This grant will make available 35 $2,000 scholarships. ACEC anticipates scholarships will be available to students in the skilled trades, healthcare, IT, manufacturing, hospitality and automotive industries.
Additionally, ACEC is working with industry to raise additional dollars that would be matched by the State of Colorado through this grant opportunity. Industries could then designate the money be used for specific apprenticeship opportunities, such as electrician, pharmacy tech cybersecurity analyst or chef.
“This grant opportunity is very exciting for Adams County youth and the business community,” said Chuck Gross, ACEC executive director. “It will open up more pathways for youth to get into their desired career field. It also makes apprenticeship opportunities more affordable. It is a true win-win situation for industry and youth.”
New Family Apprenticeship Fair Set for October
ACEC is partnering with Congressman Ed Perlmutter on an apprenticeship fair for the whole family. The goal of the event is to showcase to students and their family members the benefits of an apprenticeship career path. It is targeted to in-school and out-of-school youth ages 16-24 and their family members and is open to families who reside in Adams and Jefferson counties.
The event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Westminster High School from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakout sessions are planned with presentations in Spanish and English on specific industries offering apprenticeships.
The Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo is around the corner. As the largest 8th grade career fair in Colorado, the Adams County Commissioner’s Career Expo enables 6,000 students to discover career options and speak with industry professionals.
The Career Expo seeks representation from every industry sector to expose students to multitude of options they have when preparing for their future.
Help impact a student’s career decision and prepare our future workforce for success! Please consider becoming a sponsor or hosting a table to speak with the students.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Denver Merchandise Mart
ACEC and Goodwill Team Up on ACSF Summer Bridge Program
Since 2016, more than 50 students a year from Adams County school districts have been receiving multi-year scholarship dollar support through the Adams County Scholarship Fund (ACSF). ACEC is the fiscal agent for the multi-million-dollar ACSF fund which is a combination of state and Adams County funding. Each summer, prior to students starting their first year in college, Goodwill Industries hosts a Summer Bridge program at Front Range Community College to orient students to the college experience and get them ready for success in their post-secondary endeavors. The Goodwill team then maintains contact with the scholarship students through their college years, providing advising, connection to campus resources, and other vital wraparound support services.
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