They say that the best way to learn how to do something is to just do it.
That simple advice represents the philosophy behind the approach of The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., our newest partner in the effort to enhance STEM education and career pathways for students across the U.S.
ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) is a mentorship program which pairs teams of high school students with practicing professionals drawn from all segments of the design and construction industry. Student teams work on a design project as their mentors advise them on practical, real-world techniques, roles, and terminology used in the industry.
ACE affiliates or chapters operate in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The student and mentor teams meet after school about 15 times during the academic year to collaborate on simulated, but realistic design projects which they present at the conclusion of the year. No fees are required.
Since 1994 -- the year of ACE’s inception -- more than 30,000 students have participated in the program. Afterwards, many have remained involved with the organization through their mentor relationships and professional opportunities.
In addition to its core mission of mentoring, ACE also offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing architecture, construction, and engineering in college or skilled crafts programs. To date, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to deserving students.
ACE focuses primarily on students who seek careers in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management as well as mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering. With thousands of students on STEM Premier’s platform who are interested in these specific vocations, we are proud to be partners with The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., and we hope to learn much from each other as we work together towards creating career pathways for these students. After all, the best way to learn is to do.
For more information about ACE, visit www.acementor.org