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ACEC strategic initiatives underway

The Archuleta County Education Center (ACEC) has several strategic initiatives that are underway and that 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.

These exciting initiatives, plus the other work that ACEC does to assist the community in its educational needs, will be presented at the ninth annual luncheon, “In Times of Crisis — Expand not Contract,” to be held Tuesday, April 13, starting at 11:45 a.m. at Centerpoint Church.

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 our county as a whole for elevating employment opportunities.

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.

This annual ACEC event is twofold. First, 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. Second, 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.

During the last 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 lasts year, represents 12 percent of our county’s population.

For more information, call the ACEC at 264-2835, or contact Jane Reseigh at