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ACE Mentor Program — Advancing the Future Workforce by Katie Chevalier, AIA, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley

from AIANYS

Don’t miss Katie and ACE representatives at the QUAD Conference trade show at booth number 70 on Nov. 10!

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. The mission is 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.


It’s no secret that the design and construction industry has taken off, and we all know that finding qualified candidates to help fill our offices can be challenging at best. Have you ever stopped to think about the next generation of designers, and where they are right now in life? In order to help ensure the future success of our industry workforce, we need to focus on today’s youth. That is the mission of the ACE Mentor Program of America, 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.

The ACE Mentor Program was founded 23 years ago by Charles Thornton in New York City. Mr. Thornton recognized the need to provide high school students interested in our industry with real world experience and mentorship to keep them engaged, excited, and educated. Today, the program has grown to over 70 affiliates throughout the country, serving over 9,000 high school students each year who are considering entering the fields of design, engineering, construction, and the trades. The ACE Mentor Program of America is a national, nonprofit organization that supports local affiliates around the country. ACE is the construction industry’s fastest growing high school mentor program in the nation. ACE also financially supports students furthering their education through scholarships and grants, and has provided over $16 million in scholarships since the program’s inception. more


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