Central VA


John Taylor
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Glenn A. Thompson
Board Member
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Scott Baron
Mentor Coordinator Richmond/Charlottesville
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High school students in the Richmond and Charlottesville area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. ACE has launched its pilot program at Hermitage High School, and hopes to expand the program to other school systems within the region as the program matures and develops.

ACE is also currently re-started at Western Albemarle High School in Charlottesville with a goal of returning the program to Albemarle and Monticello High Schools, where successful programs were held in past years.

In each of these programs, the mentors work together to attract young people to their professions by recruiting at the high schools before the start of the program. The program runs a total of 14-16 weeks, starting in January, and is wrapped up at the end of the semester with a final project presentation. At the Presentation Ceremony ACE Mentoring of Central Virginia will award one senior from each school with a scholarship.

At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices. For students, it is a unique chance to discover and develop new skills, solidify future goals and get on track to exciting, rewarding careers. In addition, many students form positive relationships with industry professionals who can provide important references for obtaining college admissions, scholarships, internships and full-time employment.

Our Team Projects

Students in the ACE program typically work closely with their mentors on projects that provide hands-on experience in solving the types of design, engineering and construction challenges industry professionals confront every day.

The teams often learn how to use advanced computerized tools, such as AutoCAD, while special exercises and activities illustrate the industry’s demand for young people skilled in math, physics, economics, art and other disciplines.

Many ACE affiliates culminate their program year with special events at which teams present their concepts to mentors, families, teachers and community leaders.

Participate in ACE!

If you’d like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards for yourself, just contact the ACE leader listed in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

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