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Insider ACE MENTOR PROGRAM
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September 2015 | Issue 5
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ACE is Off and Running for the Fall
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Expanded National Design Competition for 2016
 

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CIRT-ACE National Design Competition, the Construction Industry Round Table has significantly modified the competition so that nine teams will have an opportunity to present their projects to a jury of industry CEOs in Washington, DC on April 25, 2016. On that morning nine semi-finalists - three from each of the three competition categories - will appear before the jury, and in the afternoon the three finalists will compete for the top prizes.
 

March 8, 2016 is the deadline for submission of entries. Competition guidelines, registration form, and a video of the 2015 competition finals can be found on the ACE website.

 


 

All Affiliate Program Report Paints Fresh Picture of ACE

 

Thanks to response from ALL 60 affiliates active during the 2014-15 program year, the 2015 affiliate report has produced a comprehensive overview of ACE's activities across the country. The following highlights demonstrate ACE's vitality.

 
» 5,913 students from 1,010 schools completed the program.
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» 2,990 mentors were active, and 898 industry volunteers served on affiliate boards.
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» 690 students received $1.5 million in scholarships.
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» Combined revenue generated by all affiliates totaled $3.3 million. This combined with ACE National's income means that ACE is a $5 million operation.
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Affiliate leaders will receive a fuller report within a few weeks.
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American Graduate Day TV Broadcast, Saturday October 3
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Tune in to your local PBS station during Saturday, October 3, 12:30 to 1 pm (EDT) when ACE will be featured as part of the seven-hour long American Graduate Day (AGD) program.  
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ACE alumnus, mentor, and Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate board member Kevin Brown will be interviewed together with Raphael Scott, a recent student from the Chicago Affiliate who was the lead presenter for the Chicago team that won the 2015 National Design Competition. AGD producers are still finalizing plans for the show.  
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Many PBS local affiliates are expected to broadcast at least part of the overall show between 11 am and 6 pm (EDT). As soon as more details about the broadcast are confirmed, ACE will send an email alert to ACE leaders.
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Five Summer Camp Programs
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The Puerto Rico and Eastern Pennsylvania affiliates started summer programs this year, making a total of five ACE camps across the country. Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico hosted 25 students for a weeklong day camp, which was supported by part of a grant to the affiliate from the CM2H Hill Foundation. In Philadelphia, 12 students participated in an eight-week program focusing on revitalizing a downtown park. Two community partners - Urban Roots and the Make the World Better Project - collaborated with the Eastern PA affiliate on this program.
 

For the sixth summer, the Chicago affiliate offered the seven-week long Design-Build Workshop in which 17 students plus two ACE alums acting as assistant instructors participated. Students turned a neglected narrow walkway next to Santa Lucia Elementary School into an outdoor education space with gardens, murals, and play space. They not only designed the project but also constructed.

 

U.S GREEN BULDING COUNCIL

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ACE Students from the Chicago affiliate turned a neglected walkway (left) into a beautiful outdoor education space (right).

 

Middle Tennessee State University offered a weeklong program for the third summer. Vanderbilt University joined teaching this program. Eighteen (18) students from the NashvilleChattanoogaAtlanta, and Birmingham affiliates lived on the MTSU campus and took a variety of specially designed classes.


The ACE California summer camp convened for a week at Sacramento State University. Twenty-seven (27) students from all seven California affiliates plus the Denver Affiliate participated. They designed and built custom benches for the September 11th Memorial at the California State Fairgrounds.

 
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Upcoming
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October 3     Broadcast on the PBS Network of the American Graduate Day
                     TV program

October 29   ACE National Board Meeting, New York City

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