About Us

ACE - Architecture Construction Engineering

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Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. ACE is a federation of more than 70 affiliates (chapters), operating in 37 states and largely based in metropolitan areas, which deliver the program.  A national office coordinates and assists affiliates.

Overview

  • Over 10,000 students participate annually, drawn from approximately 1,100 high schools.
  • The majority of ACE students (69%) are minority, and one-third female.
  • One-quarter of ACE seniors entering college are first generation students.
  • More than 4,100 volunteer industry professionals mentor student teams through a 35-hour-long simulation of designing and constructing a project.
  • Approximately $2.5 million in scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors and alumni studying to pursue industry-related careers. 
  • ACE also offers students summer camp and internship opportunities.

Impact

  • More than 70% of ACE seniors annually enter a skilled trades program or college with an industry-related major. 
  • Large majorities of students report in surveys that as a result of their ACE experience they:
    • Felt more motivated to attend college
    • Learned skills and knowledge not taught in their classrooms
    • Gained useful information about the design and construction industry. 

Awards

  • The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring which was presented at the White House. This is considered the nation’s most distinguished award for mentoring
  • Two awards from the American Institute of Architects, one for collaborative achievement and the other for diversity.