It Takes a Village


ACEC’s credibility as a respected leader in creating a workforce-ready pipeline of students comes from its dynamic cross-sector partnerships. Working side-by-side with leaders in education, economic development, workforce and industry ensures that ACEC’s efforts towards career and college readiness are relevant and current.

Learn more about some of ACEC’s current long-term partnerships:

What it is
ACEC is the coordinator of the 30-year old ACMCYA which recognizes youth who have overcome barriers and achieved success. The event is supported by the nine municipalities of Adams County along with Adams County Government. Each municipality works with educators in their district to help identify students who deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments in spite of the challenges they've faced throughout their life.
This event is a demonstration of Adams County communities joining together to help support youth and the County's future leaders.

What it is
Developed from a regional sector summit, the MMP Youth Pipeline Taskforce is led by a group of C-Level manufacturers devoted to enhancing educator and student awareness about the career-pathways opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing, one of Colorado’s fastest growing industries.

How We Work Together: Growing the Youth Talent Pipeline
ACEC works with industry partners, like the MMP, to implement initiatives within school districts that relate to growing the talent pipeline and prepare youth for workforce readiness.  Over time, manufacturing liaisons will work with educators to establish programming and curriculum that ties back to industry skills and needs.

Starting in Fall 2015, manufacturers will be involved in structured activities focused on increasing educator and student awareness. Manufacturers will work side-by-side with partners in Adams County and Denver Public Schools to:

  • Provide career exposure to educators and counselors during professional development days
  • Provide tours to local community colleges to expose educators/counselors to degree pathways in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Schedule on-site tours of manufacturing facilities
  • Participate on CTE Advisory Committees to ultimately create an industry-driven curriculum
  • Provide classroom PBL’s (problem based learning) activities, and in-class and out-of-school learning opportunities for students

The ultimate goal is to expose students to career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing and to fill the pipeline with qualified, skilled workers. Advanced Manufacturing is sophisticated, automated, and high tech and most jobs offer high earning potential which can help fuel the Adams County economy.

Who’s Involved:

Davis Manufacturing, Faustsen Aerospace, Research Electro Optics, RK Mechanical, InterTech Plastics, GeoTech, Front Range Community College, InterTech Plastics, BASICS, CAMA, Emily Griffith Technical College

Adams County School Districts (D. 50, D. 27J, D. 31J, D. 29J, D. 12, D. 14, Pinnacle, Goal, D.1)



What it is
An offshoot of the Governing Board, the ACEC Working Board consists of Career Tech Ed, Post-Secondary Workforce Readiness, and STEM educators in the schools who represent their districts at our monthly Working Board meetings. These monthly meetings help bridge the gap between industry and education by keeping educators updated with workforce trends, needs, and opportunities via ACEC as the conduit. Additionally, the Working Board ties student-level outcomes from ACEC programs to the local and statewide PSWR priorities such as 21st Century Skills demonstrations, ICAP, and Colorado Academic Standards.

How we partner
ACEC’s career and college-ready work is bolstered by its partnerships with the county government, economic development, and community partners whose work aligns with our mission. These partners keep pulse on the economic drivers and workforce needs in the county and state. Working together in the county to provide economic opportunity for all students breaks down silos, reduces duplicative efforts and brings us all closer to creating a strong local workforce and relevant education system.