What is the Chicago ACE Mentor Program?
ACE is an after-school program for high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to learn more about careers in architecture, construction management and engineering.
How does the ACE Program work?
ACE is comprised of design and construction professionals who team together and mentor a group of 25 students during the school year. Team meetings take place after school for two hours (5:00-7:00 PM), once per week, in downtown Chicago design firms. Participants must arrange their own transportation. The program lasts for 16 weekly sessions from October through April and is free – no charge to participate.
What are the benefits of ACE?
· Mentoring by professionals in the design and construction industry
· Participation in hands-on design activities
· Field trips to construction sites
· College-focused sessions with campus visits & panel discussions
· Opportunity to win college scholarships and paid summer internships – ACE Chicago has awarded over $1.75 million in college scholarships and 245 internships!
Who is eligible to apply to ACE?
· Sophomores, juniors or seniors
· Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5
· Students interested in learning more about careers in building design and construction
· Those committed to actively attending and participating in weekly team meetings
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Top 5 Student Questions About ACE
What happens during a mentoring session?
HOW WILL I BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS AS A PARTICIPANT?
Also, share your ideas, opinions and suggestions with your mentors and fellow students. Remember this program is for you – you can make it an even better program if you communicate your interests!
HOW DO I WIN A SCHOLARSHIP OR INTERNSHIP?
What do you
learn from ACE?
“The ACE program is a real look into real life jobs and experience. I used to think the transition into college and real life would be difficult, but ACE has showed me otherwise. The program gives a real good sense of responsibility and team work.”
– Juan, Juarez High School
“ACE has provided me with so many tools and experiences that will ultimately help me in the future. I have experienced what it takes to design and plan something that seems like a straightforward project. You are not just told that teamwork is essential; you see and experience it firsthand. I have been prepared for my inevitable transition from high school.”
– Alexy, Walter Payton High School
“School can only teach so much – the ACE program gives students a chance to learn outside the classroom, studying and working side by side with professionals. In the ACE Program I have learned how important working as a team really is, and that it takes many dedicated people to come together for a project to become a reality. It is definitely an experience that I am happy to be a part of.”
– Kris, Lane Tech High School