- Organization Name:ACE Mentor Program of Greater Washington
- Address:7901 Sandy Spring Rd. Suite 500
Laurel , MD 20707
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The architecture, engineering and construction industry is experiencing a staggering decline in educated and experienced professionals, as well as overall interest in its industries.
ACE DC attempts to address these issues by exposing high school students to opportunities in these industries and establishing mentor relationships.
The ACE Mentor Program attempts to counteract the shortage by exposing high school students to the choices a career in the industry may bring. Moreover, the ACE Mentor Program imparts life-long skills of communication, teamwork and project management; hands-on, practical project experience; site tours; and professional industry office visits.
In the end, our mission is two-fold: 1) enlighten and motivate students toward architecture, construction, engineering, and related careers; and 2) provide career mentoring and scholarship opportunities for future designers and constructors.
There is a staggering decline in educated and experienced professionals, as well as an overall interest in architecture, engineering, and the construction related fields. ACE DC uses a project-based learning strategy that draws upon a tested body of hands-on activities that reveal many aspects of designing and constructing a building.
During the course of the program, each mentor/student team meets after school for approximately 15 sessions to work toward development of a hypothetical project from concept to delivery. Each session focuses on either project based learning or site-based learning. At the conclusion of the program, the students present their projects in a public forum and receive feedback from industry professionals.
Our long-term outcomes include augmenting academic skill-sets and exposing students to potential career opportunities in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. At bottom, our program attempts to educate students about careers in architecture, engineering, and construction; reinforce classroom teachings; and provide hands-on learning experience.
Our focus areas include:
Mentoring: ACE DC connects high school students interested in architecture, engineering, and construction with professionals in those respective industries. The program starts in October and ends in May. Among other things, the students go on field trips to offices and project sites and engage in project based learning.
Over the past three years ACE DC has averaged approximately 200 students per year. We believe that is a huge accomplishment, considering the myriad of after-school opportunities, and the fact that our program serves a niche market. This year ACE DC is expected to serve 250 students in approximately 14 high schools.
College Access: ACE DC awards scholarships to high school seniors interested in studying architecture, engineering, or construction related fields in college. Each scholarship ranges from $1,500-$4,000 per student. Over the past three years, ACE DC has awarded $105,000 in scholarships to approximately 50 students who are studying architecture, engineering, or construction related fields of study in college. Furthermore, the majority of our students graduate high school and attend college.
Job Placement Assistance: If resumes from ACE alumni are submitted, we disseminate them through our contacts and other media portals, as applicable.
The ACE Mentor Program was formed in New York in 1994 when seventeen firms organized three teams, each organized like a typical design and construction team, and began mentoring 90 student from local high schools. The volunteers worked directly with the students introducing them to the broad range of people and projects within the construction industry. Students were introduced to various design professions and the role that each performs in planning, designing and constructing a project. Students also gained first hand insight into the design industry by touring project offices and visiting active construction sites and solving "real world" projects.
In 2000, the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Washington Area, Inc. ("ACE DC") was established for the Greater Washington area with the hopes of introducing inner-city students to career opportunities in architecture, engineering, construction, and related fields. ACE DC is a partnership of architects, construction managers, engineers, designers, professional societies and organizations, high schools and universities.
ACE DC averages 250 students,75 mentors, and 13 schools each year. Moreover, ACE DC has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships, approximately $20,000 each year.
- Year established:2000
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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