ACE is the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program in the country! The purpose of our program is to engage and enlighten high school students about architecture, construction and engineering through a hands-on mentoring process. Students are assigned to teams composed of 15-20 students and are structured in order to emulate an actual design team. Mentors guide the students as they work on a mock design project introducing them to various construction-related careers, industry vocabulary and the various roles each company plays in the construction industry.
From November until May, the mentor teams meet bi-weekly (twice a month) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - at the offices of the professional mentor firms in order to give the students as authentic an experience as possible.
At the end of the year, all of the teams gather for a final presentation where they present their designs to other teams, their families, mentors and the affiliate administrators.
Finally, as a participant in the ACE Mentor Program, graduating seniors are eligible to apply for our scholarships! The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania strives to financially support a student's continued success through scholarships and grants. Since the beginning of the program, our affiliate has awarded more than $405,000 in scholarships to students enrolling into an ACE related field for their post-secondary education.
According to Jack Kalavritinos, named President & CEO of ACE National in January, quantitative results from two 2015 ACE studies show that:
· 63% of ACE seniors were minority students vs. the national average of 44.3%
· 98.6% of ACE high school seniors graduate from high school vs. the national average of 80%
· 92% of ACE seniors entered college directly from high school vs. the national average of 66%
· 70% of college-bound ACE seniors major in architecture, engineering or construction management
TIFFANY MILLNER, AIA, NOMA | AFFILIATE DIRECTOR
ACE MENTOR PROGRAM of EASTERN PA
36 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
To engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
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