ACES holds final educator session for 2016

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Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Dorchester County’s ACES (Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System) educators and sponsors met at Dorchester Career and Technology Center on May 19 for their final session for 2016.

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County’s ACES (Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System) educators and sponsors met at Dorchester Career and Technology Center on May 19 for their final session for 2016. During the meeting, the educators team paired up to give their project presentations, in each case a summation of what they took home from participation in the ACES program.

The ACES program provides Dorchester County educators an opportunity to interact on site with Dorchester business people in an informal setting where the educators can gain first-hand knowledge of the business, its products and services. During the visit, business people discuss their marketing system in terms of philosophy, the business operation, the financial structure and capital requirements, governmental controls affecting the business, and workplace skills required for employment.

From these visits, teachers are able to gather information to be used to guide students in their career choices. The educators, and ultimately the students, are then able to better grasp the diversity in jobs available locally, the potential for advancement and the skills needed to be successful. An added benefit for the educators involved is the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Bill Christopher of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, title sponsor for the ACES program, commented that “Everyone gets something valuable out of the ACES program.”
Dr. George Ames, also representing the Chamber, said that “The most important aspect of the ACES program is friendships and relationships. It’s vital to make and retain relationships, to recruit relationships,” in order to succeed in the business market.

A typical ACES program includes 10 sessions, including 8 site visits, an opening session and a closing session where the educators present their findings in the form of a project. The 2012 program included 14 teachers visiting 8 businesses.

Participating businesses included Delmarva Community Services, UM Shore Regional Health, Eastern Shore AHEC, Provident State Bank, Cambridge International, Layton’s Chance Winery, Protenergy and the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. Opening and closing sessions were hosted by the Dorchester Career and Technology Center, where a dinner was also prepared by the DCTC Culinary Arts Program.

Educators participating in this year’s ACES program include Adrian Newton, Mark Preziosi, Scott Feldman, Terri Wright, Jennifer Trumbull, Donnell Pinder, Jesse Morris, Melanie Coleman, Anna Howie, Ali Messick, Crystal Owens, Leonard Mueller, Bobbie Callis and Jordan Coleman. ACES educators doubled-up to create their project presentations, which ranged from a presentation in the form of a children’s book, to an interactive online video game quiz.

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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