About ACE Cleveland

Engaging, exciting, and enlightening high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and continued support for individual advancement.
ACE Cleveland

ACE 2022 Highlights of the Year

ACE Mentor Program Helps Prepare High School Students for Careers in Design, Construction & Engineering.

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 provided more than $1.4 million in scholarships to over 180 students and guided nearly 2,000 students through the program. ACE works in partnership with Cleveland/CMSD, Warrensville Heights and Shaker Heights High Schools.

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 + 170 Scholarships Awarded


  • 120 Volunteers (Committees & Mentors)


  • 70 Local Firms Involved


Mentorship, Scholarships, and Continued Support

Since 2008, the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland has awarded its participants over $1.5 million dollars in scholarships to 200 college and trade students. 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.

ACE has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships since 2008!

ACE Cleveland Scholarships
$100,000 total scholarship dollars awarded to 8 students
ACE Cleveland and local company partnerships
4 colleges provided matching support totaling $20,000; ACE Mentor Cleveland provided $60,000, and ACE Mentor National provided $20,000
ACE Cleveland Students join local construction industries
57% of scholarship recipients plan to study in an ACE field in College
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You can support the future of ACE by becoming a mentor, joining the advisory council, and supporting us financially.
Be a Mentor

As a mentoring business, you make a direct and vital contribution to the students. Join us as a mentoring business.

Advise Our Council

The ACE advisory council are the best in our local industry. We need your specialty. Consider joining us this year.

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We need your financial support to provide resources, services,and scholarships for our talented students. Please support ACE today.

Inspire the next generation's workforce

Help students pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

ACE Cleveland Students
2022 Board of Directors

Matthew Danis, Board Chair, Shook Construction

Glen Shumate, Vice Chair & Executive Director, Construction Employers Association

Mark Panzica, Immediate Past Chair, Panzica Construction Company

Erin Luke, Secretary, Thompson Hine LLP

Mark Rader, Treasurer, Oswald Companies

Keri Ash, Gilbane 

Bill Boron, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

Monica Bruaw, Garman Miller 

Diane Burrowbridge, University of Akron

Stephanie Cieszkowski, K2M Design, Inc.

Joe DiGeronimo, Precision Environmental Co.

Aaron Evenchik, Hahn Loeser

Eric Gordon, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools

Aaron Hill, Bialosky

Janelle Hinkle, Regency Construction Services Inc.

Rich Iafelice, CT Consultants

Terence Joyce, Building Laborers' Union 310

Angela Jones, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Cynthia Leitson, Cuyahoga Community College

David Robar, Vocon

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor, College Now

Orlando Taylor, Turner Construction Company

Jonathan Wehner, Cleveland State University

Sara Wallace, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Liaison

Thomas Laird, Jr., Emeritus, Gilbane Building Company

Tari Rivera, Emeritus, Regency Construction Services, Inc

Darius Johnson, National Liaison, ACE Mentor Program


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