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Manhattan College in New York announces the winner of the Charles H. Thornton - ACE Mentor Program Scholarship.
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Now is the time to invest in the future by preparing the next generation of professionals who will help grow the building industry and strengthen your business.

The ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization, helps prepare high school students for careers in design and construction. The fastest-growing mentoring program in the building industry, ACE operates in over 40 states and 200 cities across the nation.

About Us

The founding state affiliate, The ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York began in 1994 with 3 teams made up of 17 mentoring firms and 90 students. Today, ACE NY has grown to over 30 teams, over 100 firms and more than 700 students in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

How ACE Works

Teams of students and mentoring firms are assembled and meet throughout the school year at the firm offices. The students plan and design innovative projects mirroring "real-world" conditions while mentors help them develop solutions using basic problem-solving techniques and state-of-the-art design tools. The teams also tour construction sites and notable buildings to see firsthand what is required to design and erect these kinds of structures.

In addition to acquiring new knowledge and skills, students are eligible for ACE scholarships and gain contacts that can help with college admissions, internships and full-time employment. ACE enhances the mentoring firm profile and the individual mentor's presentation and communication skills as well as preparing the future workforce.

Team Projects

In previous years, teams worked on design projects as diverse as a recreational sports complex, a library extension, a theater ticket outlet and an emergency evacuation center. One project-– a sustainably designed arts center –- won honorable mention in the citywide Emerging Green Builders NYC design competition.

To gather information for their projects, the teams took field trips to such sites as the Equitable Tower renovation, the International Masonry Institute, Cooper Union and Manhattan College.

At the end of the year, special events are held for students and families, as well as mentors, sponsors and the faculty of several area universities. During these events, teams presented their projects using AutoCAD drawings, floor plans, sketches and construction schedules. To conclude the year's program, scholarships are given out to outstanding seniors who intend to pursue careers in the design and construction industry.

Participate in ACE!

Through sponsoring or mentoring now, you will be contributing to workforce development efforts and helping today's most promising young people gain a firsthand experience of the dynamic career potential our industry offers while fostering their work ethic and the skills they will bring to your business.

To learn how to participate or for more information, contact one of the ACE leaders listed in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

See video on ACE featuring ACE Founder, Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E.

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