The primary goal of the ACE Mentor Program is to excite high school students about the many careers in the integrated construction industry – architecture, engineering, construction management, and related skilled trades. ACE realizes this goal by involving students in workshops and field trips and engaging them in a realistic process of designing a project and planning its construction. The ACE program extends over 15 to 20 afterschool sessions each lasting 2-3 hours, for an overall total of approximately 40 hours. Several mentors drawn from different design/construction fields, paired with 10-20 students, work as an integrated design team throughout the program.
ACE follows a project-based learning strategy. Mentors meaningfully engage students with realistic design projects that introduce them to the basic skills and knowledge of the design/construction industry. Through personal example, explanation, and tours of offices and construction sites, they also inform students about career paths and work-life in the design/construction professions.
Finally, ACE equips students, regardless of their ultimate career choice, to appreciate the built environment and thus to be better citizens of the world that we build, use, and share.