ACE - Architecture Construction Engineering
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.