The primary goal of the ACE Mentor Program is to excite high school students about the many careers in the integrated construction industry – architecture, engineering, construction management, and related skilled trades. ACE realizes this goal by involving students in workshops and field trips and engaging them in a realistic process of designing a project and planning its construction. The ACE program extends over 15 to 20 afterschool sessions each lasting 2-3 hours, for an overall total of approximately 40 hours. Several mentors drawn from different design/construction fields, paired with 10-20 students, work as an integrated design team throughout the program.

As an afterschool program, ACE is a form of informal education. It does not mandate a fixed curriculum or formally measure students’ mastery of a prescribed body of knowledge or skills. Rather, mentors follow a general programmatic model and draw upon a tested body of hands-on activities which reflect many aspects of designing and constructing a building – for example, construction document reading, beam design, or cost estimation and bidding.

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Virtual Fall Planning on August 13, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on compliance for the fall and a showcase of national virtual resources and sample curriculum plans from 2 affiliates.


0:00 Compliance
10:04 National Resources
16:25 Raleigh Curriculum
30:17 Philadelphia Curriculum
41:39 Q&A