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ACE is a FREE afterschool program led by volunteer professionals working in the design and construction industry.
It annually excites 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools about careers in architecture, engineering, construction and the skilled trades.
70 affiliates (chapters) operate in 36 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
ACE students are mostly minority.
40% young women
$18 million awarded during ACE’s 25-year history.
$1.8 million last year
Almost 70% of ACE students study industry-related fields in college or enter a skilled trades training program.
ACE minority and female students enter college engineering and architecture programs at significantly higher rates than their national peers.
“ACE was a life-changing experience for me being around so many professionals in my desired field of construction management.” -- 2015 ACE alum
“ACE ignited my passion for architecture. Thanks to ACE, I developed an appreciation for how architects work. The help from my mentors is irreplaceable.” – 2017 Raleigh, NC student
ACE and its affiliates are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
Tax-deductible donations support the mission and activities of ACE.