About ACE Cleveland
ACE Mentor Program Helps Prepare High School Students for Careers in Design & Construction
The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps to prepare high school students for careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. Through mentoring by industry professionals, our mission to engage and enlighten high school students is achieved and supports their continued advancement in the industry.
ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland
Since its inception in 2008, the Cleveland affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). As of 2021 the program has grown to include 12 CMSD teams as well as Warrensville Heights High School totaling nearly 200 students.
Approximately 120 volunteers from more than 70 local firms from the design, engineering, and construction industries participate in the program.
Since its inception, ACE Cleveland has impacted
79 Students in College + 162 Scholarships Awarded
120 Volunteers Beyond Mentors
70 Local Firms Involved
Since 2008, the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland has awarded its participants over $1 million dollars in scholarships. Through these opportunities and through the hundreds of hours of mentoring they receive, the students gain a broad understanding of career possibilities, real-life and real-work experience, confidence in working with others, and enthusiasm for the part they can play in the industry.
- Collinwood High School
- High Tech Academy
- John Hay School of Architecture and Design (Juniors and Seniors)
- John Marshall School of Engineering
- James F. Rhodes High School
- Lincoln-West School of Science & Health @ MetroHealth
- Max Hayes High School New Tech East
- New Tech West
- Ted Ginn Leadership Academy
- Warrensville Heights High School
Experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities, and rewards for yourself.
Help students pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.
Matthew Danis, Board Chair, Shook Construction
Glen Shumate, Vice Chair & Executive Director, Construction Employers Association
Mark Panzica, Immediate Past Chair, Panzica Construction Company
Pat Sweeney, Secretary, Thompson Hine LLP
Mark Rader, Treasurer, Oswald Companies
Bryan Wortmann, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Liaison
Thomas Laird, Jr., Emeritus Chair, Gilbane Building Company
Katie Bawarski, National Liaison, ACE Mentor Program
Jack Baumann, Independence Construction
Lynn Bayer, Indus Hotels
Diane Burrowbridge, University of Akron
Stephanie Cieszkowski, K2M Design, Inc.
Joe DiGeronimo, Precision Environmental Co.
Aaron Evenchik, Hahn Loeser
Eric Gordon, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools
Janelle Heinle, Regency Construction Services Inc.
Jeff Hutchison, Gilbane Building Company
Rich Iafelice, CT Consultants
Terence Joyce, Building Laborers' Union 310
Angela Jones, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Cynthia Leitson, Cuyahoga Community College
Erin Luke, Thompson Hine LLP
Sandra Madison, Robert P. Madison International, Inc
Tari Rivera, Regency Construction Services, Inc
David Robar, Vocon
Orlando Taylor, Turner Construction Company
Dean Vaughn, Sodexo
Jonathan Wehner, Cleveland State University
Kristen Zeiber, Kent State University
Read how ACE Cleveland is making an impact locally.