ACE Mentor Program of
Over the last thirteen years, the Cleveland ACE Program has provided over $1.3 million scholarships to over 180 students.
They learn to understand the day-to-day workings of the AEC industries by living it, and experiencing it.
Ace Program Highlights
Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades
Mentors guide the students as they work towards a final project, introducing them to the careers, industry vocabulary, and various roles companies play in the construction industry.
Teams are composed of 15-25 students and their industry mentors. Each team is set up to emulate an actual design team, with students guided through a mock design project by their architect, engineer, and construction management mentors.
All Year Long
ACE runs for the duration of the school year. The teams meet for approximately 15 sessions, for about two hours after school.
In addition to these team sessions, there are also all-team activities such as "College Night" and field trips to construction sites.
The meetings are held either in schools or at the offices of the firms to give the students as authentic an experience as possible.
Many students remain active alumni of the program through the scholarships they receive, relationships they develop with their mentors, and future employment opportunities they exercise — such as internships and post-college jobs.