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CREATE CHANGE Create Change By mentoring high school students, ACE helps to increase awareness of a potential future in the world of architecture, construction & engineering. THE ACE PROGRAM  GET INVOLVED Get Involved Your support, through ACE sponsorship, establishes your company as an industry leader whose vision encompasses not only today's challenges, but also tomorrow's possibilities. LEARN MORE  ENROLL Enroll Enrollment in ACE is open to any qualified high school student interested in exploring a career in design and construction and connecting with others who share their passions. FIND OUT HOW  DONATE Make a Donation As a non-profit, ACE is able to offer life-changing career programs to high school students at no cost thanks to continued financial contributions. DONATE  BUILD FUTURES Get Involved In the past year, we’ve adapted, transitioned and transformed. Help support the 2021 program by signing up for our ACE Virtual Student Showcase, April 15th @ 6pm REGISTER NOW 

CREATE CHANGE By mentoring high school students, ACE helps to increase awareness of a potential future in the world of architecture, construction & engineering. The ACE Program   Get Involved Your support, through ACE sponsorship, establishes your company as an industry leader whose vision encompasses not only today's challenges, but also tomorrow's possibilities. LEARN MORE  Enroll ACE Enrollment is open to any qualified high school student interested in exploring a career in design and construction and connecting with others who share their passions. FIND OUT HOW  Make a Donation As a non-profit, ACE is able to offer life-changing career programs to high school students at no cost thanks to continued financial contributions. DONATE  BUILD FUTURES In the past year, we’ve adapted, transitioned and transformed. Help support the 2021 program by signing up for our ACE Virtual Student Showcase, April 15th @ 6pm Register Now  

COVID-19 isn’t stopping ACE, we’ve gone virtual!

Will there be enough architects, construction managers and engineers to fill the industry’s needs ten years from now?

The ACE Mentor Program is working hard to make sure there will be. The national program was founded in 1995 as an innovative way of attracting students, particularly students of color, women and low-income populations into careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industry. ACE’s mission is to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships.

The ACE Mentor Affiliate of Chicago was established in 2000 and has a 19-year partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Since our founding we have touched the lives of more than 3,500 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 36 Chicago public schools.  ACE Chicago places a special focus on recruiting students of color and female students; groups that are significantly under-represented in the construction and design industry, and in professional occupations overall. 93% of participants are minority and 30% are female.


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