Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

Building Industry Sponsors are needed to support the ACE Mentor programs and college scholarships. The ACE Mentor Program of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia is a not for profit 501c3 and the EIN number is 26-4425401. Please contact Breanne Kintz for ACE sponsor opportunities, thank you.

Top 10 Reasons to Sponsor ACE

Ace is one of a kind. Unlike any other program, ACE introduces high school students to the full process of designing and building a project and to all facets of the integrated design and construction industry.

ACE Serves the Entire A-E-C Industry. 
All A-E-C industry sectors sponsor and lead ACE for the benefit of the overall industry’s workforce. No other afterschool or mentoring program has a comparable industry-wide focus or support base.

ACE Helps Meet A-E-C Industry’s Future Workforce Needs.

  • 7 in 10 of all alumni major in A-E-C in college or are already employed in the industry.
  • Industry-related majors of 2016 alumni entering college: 
22% design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning) 45% mechanical, civil, electrical and structural engineering 
5% construction management

ACE Taps the Power and Value of Volunteerism. 
In the 2016-2017 program year, 3,600 industry professionals volunteered an average 38 hours as mentors. The value of their time is an estimated $20.8 million.

ACE’s Success Has Earned National and Local Recognition.

  • 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring – the nation’s highest award for mentoring.
  • American Institute of Architects 2014 Collaborative Achievement Award.
  • ACE affiliates, leaders and mentors annually earn national and local awards for their 
professional achievements and contributions to ACE.

ACE Helps Diversify Industry Workforce.

  • African-American and Hispanic ACE students enter college as architecture and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering majors at double and triple the rates of their national counterparts.
  • ACE women students enter college as engineering majors at almost twice the national rate.
  • 28% of ACE students are from families where neither parent attended college.

ACE Motivates and Assists Student to Attend College.

  • 80% of students report ACE increased their motivation to attend college.
  • ACE has awarded more than $14 million in scholarships since its founding, including $1.7 
million in 2016.
  • 7 out of 10 alumni say they felt ACE gave them an edge over their freshmen college 

ACE Teaches Students a Broad Range of Industry-related Skills. 
More than 80% of ACE students agree that they learned such skills and knowledge as green design, basic engineering principles, construction cost estimation, and computer-aided design.

ACE Gives Students 21st-Century Work Life Skills Prized by Employers. 
85% of 2016 alumni agree ACE improved their leadership, oral and graphic communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

ACE Enhances Students’ Attitudes Toward High School Studies. Two-thirds of ACE alumni from the class of 2016 believe their ACE experience made their high school studies more meaningful and motivated them to study more.