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August 2016 | Issue 14

ACE National Providing New Online Mentor Training

With the assistance of Turner University – the Turner Construction Company’s web-based continuing education arm – ACE National (through the coordination of Regional Director Diana Eidenshink) has adapted and updated its mentor training program for delivery online. Before they meet with students this year, all mentors must indicate with an electronic signature that they have completed the training. It covers ACE’s policies regarding mentor interactions with students and also offers some tips about mentoring. Details about the training have been sent to affiliate leaders.

New Affiliate-Generated Student Recruitment Tools

San Diego recently produced a 3 ½-minute video featuring students and mentors speaking about their experiences and describing the ACE program. This video is suitable for sharing with prospective students from any part of the country.

To improve its student recruitment efforts, Eastern Pennsylvania has created a brochure as well as a video. Produced courtesy of Urban Engineers, the video’s cool format is certain to grab the attention of any high schooler. Aside from the Philadelphia setting, the video has only quick passing references to the Eastern PA affiliate and so is suitable for any affiliate’s use.

ACE Growing Nationwide: Four New Affiliates Coming On Line

Building on 2015’s growth in South Carolina, Nevada and Utah, ACE will grow by four affiliates this coming year and for the first time will plant a flag in Nebraska thanks to committed industry leaders and ACE National’s Regional Directors. The new Omaha Nebraska ACE affiliate has been a year in the planning. Launched by an active member of the local chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies, the affiliate has broad support from local AEC firms and Omaha Public Schools. It aims to attract 50 students in the first year.

Two affiliates that have been dormant for several years will resume activity this fall. HOK and McCarthy Building Companies are the prime movers behind the restart of the St. Louis affiliate, and Honolulu design and construction industry leaders have revived the Hawaii affiliate.

In Hudson Valley, NY, a local builder and a young architect who graduated from the Albany, NY, affiliate, where she also mentored for two years, have sparked the creation of this new affiliate. It will run two teams, each with 20-25 students.

And several industry leaders are working with Regional Directors in other locations to plan new ACE affiliates that should come on line in 2017.


Summer Camps and Workshops

ACE students enjoyed enrichment activities this summer at special camps and workshops.

  • Broward County, FL, ran its third annual “boot camp” for five current and prospective students. They spent four afternoons at different firms learning about industry careers and engaging in some hands-on activities. A visit to the Miami Dolphins football stadium was a highlight of the program.
  • Now in its seventh year, Chicago’s seven-week-long Community Design-Build Workshop attracted 19 current students and recent graduates who designed and constructed a pavilion situated in an urban farm in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. The Chicago Public School system is a partner in this workshop, which also attracted a $20,000 grant from Cognizant.
  • Eighteen students from the Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta affiliates spent a week living on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in a camp co-sponsored with Vanderbilt. In this fourth year of the camp, students learned about different construction techniques.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania students had the choice of two summer programs, each of which met one afternoon per week over seven weeks. The Philadelphia University workshop gave eight students a taste of college and challenged them to design a project on campus. In the second workshop organized with Urban Roots and MTWB and JKRP Architects, 11 students learned about storm water management practices involved in the redevelopment of an existing park.
  • Five students from the Annapolis, MD; Orlando, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Austin, TX, and Central Iowa affiliates received tuition scholarships to attend a week-long architecture studio at Fallingwater, the famous residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The scholarships (one full and the others partial) were supported by Fallingwater and ACE national.
2016 ACE Yearbook - A Great Marketing Tool

The 40-page 2016 ACE Yearbook will appear as a supplement in the August 22/29 double issue of Engineering News-Record. With ACE Mentor’s growth as the publication’s general theme, the lead articles focus on strategic planning and highlight a number of affiliates celebrating major anniversaries.

The Yearbook can help affiliates promote ACE to sponsors, schools and other potential partners. In September, several copies will be sent to all affiliate leaders. Additional copies can be ordered, without charge, on the ACE website.

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