Kristen Kohashi
Program Manager
Email Kristen.

Mailing Address:
7100 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206


2019 applications will be available in early September and due in late November.

Talk to your career coordinator or counselor for more info, or contact Kristen.

2017-2018 calendar.
2016-2017 calendar.
2015-2016 calendar

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(subject to change)
Mentor Orientation: Jan. 4
2018 program starts: Jan. 9 & 11
ACE Luncheon: April 19
Final Presentations: May 15 & 17
ACE Golf Tournament: Sep. 17
Info sessions: Oct & Nov TBD
Mentor Mixer: early Nov TBD
Applications due: mid-Nov TBD
Mentor sign up: mid-Nov TBD
Selection notifications: Dec TBD


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Flyer for Students
Student Flyer with Calendar
About ACE & FAQ
2018 Student Packet
ACE Flyer for Mentors

2018 Mentor Packet
2018 Mentor Orientation

Paper Application
Field Trip Permission Form
Copy of Online Consent Form
Construction Site Tour Worksheet
Program Evaluation Form
Terms of Scholarship Form
Scholarship Disbursement Form

2017 ACE Brochure
2016 ACE Brochure
2016 Survey Results & Quotes
2015 ACE Brochure (letter size)
2015 ACE Brochure (11x17)
2015 Survey Results & Quotes
2015 ACE Year-End Highlights
2014 ACE Year-End Highlights
2014 ACE Scholarship Winners

ACE leaders celebrate students
ACE celebrates 10 years
$100,000 collected for ACE
2015 Scholarship Press Release

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Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our chapter. We are grateful for their continuing support.
2017-18 Board Members
2016-17 Board Members
2015-16 Board Members.

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Want to learn more about the ACE Golf Tournament, Luncheon, Mentor Mixer, or Student/Family information sessions? Visit our Events page here.


ACE gives STUDENTS the opportunity to work directly with practicing professionals in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) fields.

ACE gives MENTORS the chance to give back to their community, inspire the next generation, and attract new talent to the industry.

ACE is a FREE after-school program that offers priceless opportunities, career skills, and experience.



In 2006, a group of local architecture, construction, and engineering professionals founded the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon. Their goal was to introduce high school students to the industry’s wide range of vital and rewarding career opportunities. When the program started in 2007, 11 professional firms provided 28 mentor volunteers for a small group of 27 students from 6 Portland-area high schools.

Since then, Portland's ACE program has experienced remarkable growth. Last year, 47 firms provided 114 volunteer mentors for 156 students from 42 high schools. Because of the strong support of the local business community, ACE Portland has also been able to award $459,000 in scholarships since its inception.

ACE hosts several large events in Portland each year, including the annual ACE Luncheon in April and ACE Golf Tournament.
Visit our Events page for more info.


Our Program

Portland's ACE program is a FREE after-school program that runs from January to May every year. Students meet 12 times at professional firms in downtown Portland. Meetings are once a week (or once every two weeks) from 4:30-6:30 PM. Students can choose to join a Tuesday team or Thursday team. (See our calendar in the right sidebar.)

Each student works with a team of 10-15 students from different high schools. Each team is paired with 7-10 mentors from a variety of architecture, construction, and engineering firms. Light meals are provided at each meeting and there is no additional homework. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from meetings.

Teams develop a building design project, a task that gives them a taste of the teamwork, creativity, and work skills needed in ACE careers. Students have the opportunity to visit multiple professional workplaces, learn how to network, and explore career fields within the industry. At the finale, students "pitch" their projects to a large audience of industry professionals, educators, family, and friends. In addition, seniors who complete the program are eligible for ACE scholarships, which they can apply toward higher education in an ACE-related field.


Our Students

Are you a student interested in architecture, construction, or engineering?
How about art, design, math, management, environmental sustainability, or career skills?
Do you want to try out several career paths before deciding on a major?

ACE is open to high school juniors and seniors. Outstanding sophomores are occasionally accepted if there is space in the program. Participating students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, teacher/counselor endorsement, and two full years of math. Students are expected to attend all 12 meetings and are allowed one excused absence. Unexcused absences may result in students being withdrawn from the program.

The ACE application period opens at the beginning of the school year in fall. Students must submit BOTH the Online and Paper Applications (with Parent Consent Form) before the deadline in late November. Late applications will not be considered.

Learn more about ACE at our two ACE Student/Family Info Sessions in October and November. (Attendance is optional and not required to apply for ACE.)

If you or your student are interested in joining ACE, please send Kristen an email to be added to the mailing reminder list.


Our Mentors

Are you an architecture, construction, or engineering professional? Do you want to network and give back to the community?

Meet past mentors and learn more about ACE before committing to be a mentor. Join us at our kick-off event, the ACE Mentor Mixer.

If you are interested in becoming an ACE mentor, please send Kristen an email to be added to the mailing reminder list.


Our Team Project

ACE students are placed in teams and collaborate with a group of mentors to develop a building design project. Teams meet at a different downtown office for each session to experience a variety of work environments. Students produce schematic-level graphics to describe the site plan, building plans & elevations, engineering systems, interior design, and estimates of construction cost & schedule. After a total of 11 working sessions, the teams present their designs to a large audience of industry professionals, educators, and family.

In 2017, twelve teams designed a market or park on a conceptual bridge over the I-405 in downtown Portland. Students were asked to consider pedestrian flow, noise from traffic, and how the site could interact with the neighborhood and existing surroundings. Teams were also asked to focus on at least one main element of sustainability.


ACE Scholarships

Each year, the ACE Mentor Program offers scholarships to seniors who are committed to pursuing construction-related careers in college. In 2017, the ACE Mentor Program in Portland awarded a total of $75,000 in scholarships to 16 graduating seniors. See our Scholarships page for more info.

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