About Us

Architecture. Construction. Engineering.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Through after school group mentoring and a robust college scholarship program, ACE DC is building the next generation of architects, project managers, contractors and engineers.

It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

How it works.

Through hands-on activities and informal presentations, mentors engage students in learning about the integrated construction 

industry, and they inspire and guide student teams to complete and present their final design project. 

 

Professionals from the built industry go to area high schools after school for bi-monthly, 90 minute ACE sessions. During these sessions, they engage in hands on, project based learning and teach students about the ACE fields. For the second half of the program year, students prepare a design project for the Final Presentation Night. Here, they compete against other ACE teams as they showcase their design ideas, plans and process. 

ACE 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 inception, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants. 

Attracting students to real professions.

Who better to inspire a new generation of young people to start careers in an industry than the professionals currently shaping it?  ACE uses working professionals to reach job seekers for the following vocations:

  • Architects

  • Interior Designers

  • Landscape Architects

  • Mechanical Engineers

  • Structural Engineers

  • Electrical Engineers

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Civil Engineers

  • Construction Managers

  • College & University Representatives

Beyond the 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.

"My interest in architecture began before starting the ACE program; however, my experiences with the program solidified this interest through site visits and creative projects"

Lawrence Boyer 2017 Scholarship Winner