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DU career center helps launch alumna’s environmental consulting firm

Jessica Acosta graduated from the University of Denver in 2003 with a BA in communications. Today, she is CEO of Environmental Consulting Services, an environmental construction consulting firm in the Denver area.

Acosta says she was able to break into the construction industry with help from the University Career Center.

“A company got my resumé from the career center shortly after I graduated, and they called me for an interview, offered me a job in construction, and that’s how I got started in the construction industry,” she says.

Since founding her company in 2011, Acosta has participated in the JE Dunn Minority Contractors Business Development Program, was selected by the Associated General Contractors of America to participate in the Turner School of Construction Management, and was named an Outstanding Woman in Business and one of Denver’s 40 under 40 by the Denver Business Journal. She also serves on the board of directors for Hispanic Contractors of Colorado.

Acosta says that even today, her DU degree continues to help her further her career.

“A lot of times, just by mentioning that I went to DU, or that I’m a Pioneer or DU alumna, it really catches attention right off the bat,” Acosta says. “I definitely think that was true when starting my career. It opened some doors.”

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