The ACE Mentor Program of America, founded in 1994, is a no-cost after-school program that prioritizes workforce development for high school students by connecting them with experts from the design and construction industry.
ACE Mentor addresses pressing workforce needs, offers a range of exciting opportunities for students, and plays a crucial role in bridging the skills gap, with continuous mentor opportunities from high school through to full-time employment.
- Over 10,000 students participate annually, drawn from approximately 1,450 high schools.
- The majority of ACE students (69%) are minority, and over 40% are 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.
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More than 70% of ACE seniors annually enter a college or skilled trades program with an industry-related focus.
Large majorities of students report their ACE experience helped them:
- Become more motivated to attend college
- Learn skills and knowledge not taught in their classrooms
- Gain 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 (AIA), one for collaborative achievement and the other for diversity.
Workforce Development Award from the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)