Adams County Honors BBB Foundation as Partner of the Year

April 29, 2014

Internship program brought to Adams County earns BBB Foundation praise

DENVER – The Adams County Education Consortium, an arm of Adams County Economic Development honored the BBB Foundation and its internship manager Kevin Root as the ACEC Partner of the Year. The award was presented Thursday, April 24 during the 2014 ACED Annual Award Luncheon.

“The BBB Foundation has been doing good in the community for years and we’re so proud to be recognized now. Our partnership with ACEC means a lot and this marks only the beginning for the new focus of the Foundation,” said Brian Cook, chair of the BBB Foundation Board of Directors, who accepted the award.

The BBB Foundation and ACEC began collaborating on piloting the BBB Foundation’s SMARTS Program in Adams County in 2013, and launched in January 2014 at Westminster High School. More than 80 Westminster High School students are being taught the SMARTS curriculum, which provides students aptitudes necessary to be professionally successful through evaluation and demonstration of 21st century skills.

In addition to gaining "business smarts,” students learn about ethics and integrity in the workplace, and increase their confidence for academic and career planning. The SMARTS internship part of the program consists of 14 Westminster High School juniors and seniors, and a number of area businesses.

The award vignette shown at the luncheon can be viewed on the BBB of Denver/Boulder's YouTube page:

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The Denver/Boulder BBB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting tomorrow’s marketplace and the future of the Denver/Boulder business community. It is the philanthropic arm of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau and provides ethics education and opportunities for students and youth.