Marcia L. Alvarado, PE
Richard LeBlanc, PE
(send payable checks to):
ACE Mentor Program of Greater Tampa Bay, Inc.
Attn: Richard Leblanc
4830 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33609
Drazen Ahmedic, AIA, CGC
Don Koppy, AIA, NCARB, CSI, CCS
Mead & Hunt
The ACE program goes far beyond technical capabilities, it requires individuals who can help the students develop leadership, organization and people skills, while also showing them a "real day in the life of" through just being yourself. Mentoring also gives the mentor an amazing networking group of others in their profession.
The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Tampa Bay provides opportunities to High School Students to learn about careers in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering from local industry leaders. We currently have programs at Westshore Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and University of South Florida! For more information on mentoring, sponsorship, or enrolling your High School student, please contact our Board of Directors.
High school students in the Tampa 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.
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’s 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.
ACE Mentor Program of Greater Tampa has expanded into (3) three remote programs for all high schools students to participate in. The Students and Mentors can sign-up for one of the sub-regions offered in the Tampa Bay region that is most convenient to where the student/mentor lives or works. The program schedule is provided for each sub-region along with a Team Leader, if you have any questions. Students are expected to attend most of the sessions to be eligible for our program scholarships. Mentors are encouraged to be able to attend approximately 2 sessions a month to become a valued mentor to our high school students.
Marcia Alvarado, PE
Richard LeBlanc, PE
Julie Florez, EI
Don Koppy, AIA, CSI, CCS, NCARB
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.
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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