About Us

ACE Mentor Program of Colorado serves high school students who want to explore careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. Throughout the year, the ACE program, which meets two hours per week for 17 weeks introduces participants to building industry professions by having them plan and design mock projects on real sites and work with professionals in the design and build industries. Students can work with graduate students from the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). CU Denver students earn credit hours toward their degrees by participating in the program as mentors.

Spring 2023 ACE Mentor Program of Colorado Update

January – May 2023 Mentoring Semester.

This year we will be conducting in-person and a virtual session beginning in January. Locations have yet to be determined. Student team presentations will be held in April 2023 at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning. Teams will be judged by a panel of experts and the winning presentation will be showcased at the annual fund-raising gala, Blue Print to Success.

For Mentors
If you are a new mentor who is interested in starting with us, please create a profile in the ACE national database. Go to and follow the instructions. You cannot participate in the program unless you register. Registration includes information on a required background check. Mentors in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public School may be subject to additional background check requirements.

For Students and Parents
We are currently accepting applications from students for the Spring 2023 semester. If you are a new or a returning student, please go to and follow the instructions. You cannot participate in the program unless you register and complete the paperwork. Once we confirm your registration, we will be in touch with you by email. Be sure to use a valid email address when you register. We will also need parents to sign forms authorizing the students to participate. Please note that the program is a high school educational program for students interested in Architecture, Construction, Engineering and the related design professions. ACE also offers college scholarships, but these are based on a competition and available funds. There is no guarantee that a student participant will receive a scholarship. There is no charge for students to participate in the program.
To learn more about ACE, watch this virtual Parent Night here.

For Teachers and Schools
If you are interested in becoming part of the ACE Mentor program in Spring 2023, please contact Chris Bohnsak (see sidebar). If you are a participating school and wish to continue in 2023, please let us know if the key contact at your school has changed. We will line up 2023 participating schools and locations by November 2022.

For Sponsors
Sponsorships are always welcome and may be tax deductible (consult your tax advisor). For a complete list of sponsorship benefits visit sponsors page.

Volunteers Needed in the Following Areas:

Virtual/In School or Classroom

  • Lead Mentors
  • Mentors
  • Recruitment
  • Guest Speakers

On a Committee:

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Event Planning & Coordination
  • Fundraising
  • Scholarship

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If you’d like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards for yourself, contact us today!