Plan to attend the ACEC ‘Windows to the World’ luncheon

The Archuleta County Education Center (ACEC) staff, board members and students were overwhelmed by the attendance and generosity at the 2008 luncheon honoring our 20th anniversary and celebrating the service to our community and students with “Mind over Matter.” ACEC is now preparing for the 2009 fund-raising luncheon “Windows to the World.”

During the event last year, attendees learned more about the rich and interesting 20 year history along with the amazing stories of our students’ “life” challenges and how they were able to overcome them through education.

This year, ACEC will be sharing several of the strategic initiatives that are underway and will be of tremendous benefit to Archuleta County. One is the application for a charter school, Mountain Career Academy, and the other is the work towards establishing a rural learning network via teleconferencing technology.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO and president of Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. She will present information on ACT, Inc.™ WorkKeys® assessments and opportunities this provides to individuals seeking career and work related educational opportunities and to a our county as a whole for elevating the employment opportunities.

The eighth annual luncheon of the Archuleta County Education Center will be held on Wednesday, March 25, starting at 11:45 a.m. at Centerpoint Church on U.S. 160.

The community is invited to purchase tickets for a donation of $50 each and may put together a table of eight. Additionally, placing an advertisement in our event program is another way to participate. All donations are tax deductible and demonstrate the support for an organization that has and will continue to create and foster opportunities for educational growth of the citizens of Archuleta County.

Thanks to the support received at our 20th anniversary, during the 2007-08 school year, ACEC provided the following services to the residents and students of Archuleta County: 102 people served in the adult education (GED and ESL) classes; 62 students were enrolled in the Archuleta County High School; 315 students participated in after-school enrichment and tutoring programs; 45 teens participated in the Youth to Work community program; and 314 people in the county attended a community class. These unduplicated educational opportunities, with 837 consumers last year, represents 12 percent of our county’s population.

This annual ACEC event is twofold. One, it serves as a fund-raiser for the organization that operates a budget of nearly $500,000 to plan and execute the variety of educational programs that are offered for all ages of people in this community. Secondly, it is to inform and engage ourselves of the purpose, successes, and priority of enriching and educating people within our community. This is an event that will enlighten you to some of the trials that ordinary people go through, the steps people take to help themselves or help others and will make you proud of your community.

For more information, call the ACEC at 264-2835 or contact Renee Haywood at rhaywood@pagosa.k12.co.us.