ACEC effectively contributes to the career-readiness of Adams County students through its innovative, built-to-scale K-12 programming that focuses on developing 21st Century Skills and helping students meet their ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plan) Indicators.

Career Expo

Adams County Commissioners' 8th Grade Career Expo

Exposure to various career paths begins early with the countywide 8th grade career expo 

  • Unique Career Fair designed to get 8th grade youth thinking about their future education and career goals
  • Designed to accommodate over 5,500+ 8th graders
  • Introduces students to 100+ professionals representing industry, government, nonprofits, higher education and training institutions 

Adams County Career Planning Resource

Experience 9 to 5

Denver Metro businesses provide high school students hands-on career exploration via mini job shadows

  • E9to5 lets students "Test Drive a Career"
  • Hands-on opportunity exposes high school students to local business professionals across multiple industries
  • Ties academic studies to the word-of-work
  • Helps students validate or eliminate career paths 
  • Students can participate in 2-20 hours of on-site exposure
  • Students receive a certificate upon completion


Backpacks to Briefcases

Professional development event exposes students to networking, planning for the future and etiquette essentials 

  • Half-day workshops cover soft skills, table manners, interviewing tips, goal setting, career pathways, and more
  • Designed to help students transition from high school to the world of work and higher education
  • Local professionals mentor students for part of the day
  • Professionals network with students through a 3-course etiquette lunch