ACE Mentor-Why am I so Excited?
I recently received an invitation to join the board of the ACE Mentor program of Tennessee. Many of you will scratch your head and say “What is ACE mentor”?
Read the information below and you will see what all of the excitement is about.
If you want to see some first-hand evidence of what this program is doing, come join us on April 17 at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville at our annual banquet. You will see examples of what the respective teams are doing and also hear from one of our students.
On a personal level I have seen the value of ACE through the work of my younger son at Auburn University. He participated in ACE for two years at Independence High School, in Thompson’s Station, TN and then entered the Building Science Curriculum at Auburn. While there he also did a short study abroad program in Australia and he will join Turner Construction in June. The seeds for this career were sewn by ACE during his junior year in high school. Many of his friends are in architecture as a result of this valuable initiative.
STEM initiatives are important issues because they promote the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and ACE Mentor is a pretty big STEM initiative.
I’ll write more about this soon, but here is the basic scoop so you can stop scratching your head:
Founded in 1994, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program stands for mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, with 31,000+ students participating — and benefiting.
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student's continued success through scholarships and grants. Since 1994, ACE has awarded $8 million+ in scholarships to promising participants.
Practicing professionals attracting young people to real professions.
ACE is an inspired partnership between a variety of industry professionals, each one invested in the future of his or her passion by ensuring a new generation of talent:
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Mechanical Engineers
- Structural Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Construction Managers
- College & University Representatives
An education that goes well beyond textbooks.
By working with real professionals in real work environments, ACE students receive an invaluable hands-on education — they learn to understand the day-to-day workings of a business by living it, experiencing it, not merely reading about it.