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ACEC_Logo_FINAL_07-09-2015_PMSDenver, CO–A record number of Adams County youth—close to 550–participated in the sixth annual Adams County Education Consortium Backpacks to Briefcases networking and etiquette luncheon for high school students on Tuesday, May 3, at the Denver Mart – Plaza.

At the event, students had the opportunity to learn fresh, relevant career skills needed to successfully transition from high school to the world of work or post-secondary opportunities. The event is divided into workshops, networking, and a 3-course etiquette meal.

More than 70 business professionals participated as workshop presenters and/or table hosts for the event which also included higher education representatives. The Adams County Commissioners were the presenting sponsors; Capto Consulting was a gold sponsor.

“One of the things that kids tend not to see is opportunity,” remarked Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco. “This is one of moments where opportunity is all around them.  We wanted to provide them with a hands on engagement before they went to their first interview to know what’s expected of them when they come in.”

Students valued the interaction with business professionals and many exchanged contact information. “It’s nice to meet new people, people who may have jobs you want in the future and how you can achieve those same goals, those jobs, by talking to them,” said Cole Dergman, a sophomore at Northglenn High School.

Uncovering a career goal can be a critical factor in students persevering in school, according to Chuck Gross, executive director of Adams County Education Consortium. “If kids find a career pathway, if they have some way to see themselves in the future, they’re 30% more likely to graduate from high school,” he said.

A brief video of the event can be found here:

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