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Posted on: September 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] We need volunteers --architects and engineers to mentor students at Woodlands High School

Over 5 years ago I was involved in an effort to start an architecture, construction and engineering program at Woodlands High School. It's an amazing program that provides students with the opportunity to learn about architecture early on in their lives and to receive scholarships.  The program was a big success but the program needs architects  and engineers to volunteer and mentor the students. Otherwise, there will be no program. The ACE program at Woodlands gave out over $20,000 in scholarships to students.

If you would like to volunteer -it would be enormously appreciated.  Contact:

Edward Jerman <

We need to provide young people with opportunities to excel. It would be tragic if this program is discontinued because of a lack of architects/engineers willing to help.  
If you are willing to help out please send me a copy of the note that you send to Ed Jerman. His phone is also posted at the bottom of this e mail.  If you have suggestions where we can get some additional volunteers please advise.



Architecture. Construction. Engineering.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction.

Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

More than 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools annually participate in ACE.

ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student's continued success through scholarships and grants.

Since inception, ACE has awarded over $15 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Practicing professionals attracting young people to real professions.

Who better to inspire a new generation of young people to start careers in an industry than the professionals currently shaping it?  ACE uses working professionals to reach job seekers for the following vocations:

             Architects

             Interior Designers

             Landscape Architects

             Mechanical Engineers

             Structural Engineers

             Electrical Engineers

             Environmental Engineers

             Civil Engineers

             Construction Managers

             College & University Representatives

An education that goes well beyond textbooks.

By working with real professionals in real work environments, ACE students receive an invaluable hands-on education — they learn to understand the day-to-day workings of a business by living it, experiencing it, not merely reading about it.

How ACE Works



ACE is made up of affiliates that serve youth within a certain city or region. Each affiliate has a board of directors, a local coordinator, and a number of teams.

Teams are composed of 15-25 students and their industry mentors.

Each team is set up to emulate an actual design team, with students guided through a mock design project by their architect, engineer, and construction management mentors.

Several companies will be assigned to each team, each providing one or two mentors.

Mentors guide the students as they work towards a final project, introducing them to the careers, industry vocabulary, and various roles companies play in the construction industry.

ACE runs for the duration of the school year. The teams meet for approximately 15 sessions (every other week on average)  for about two hours after school.

In addition to these team sessions, there are also all-team activities such as "College Night" and field trips to construction sites.

Each team meets on a specific day of the week, with varying meeting locations where possible.

The meetings are held either in schools or at the offices of the firms to give the students as authentic an experience as possible.

Transportation to and from the meetings is generally the responsibility of the students. Should transportation become an issue, meetings take place at the local high school that sponsors the students.

At the end of the year, all of the teams, in each location, gather for a final presentation night. Here they present their designs to other teams, their families, teachers, prospective mentors and the affiliate administrators so all can share in the students' accomplishments.

The students' involvement in the program does not end here, though.

Many remain active alumni of the program through the scholarships they receive, relationships they develop with their mentors, and future employment opportunities they exercise — such as internships and post-college jobs.


Student Testimonials



Just to let  you know I was able to re-enroll for Fall of 2016. I would like to sincerely, thank you for recommending me for a summer internship, as well as John Daza, for recommending me to the company, and having faith that I can make it to the "big leagues" and be successful at it too. The internship is now gladly, becoming a long-term internship through school, in which I learned a great deal, and continue learning from all the successful Architects, and Engineers. I've met quite a few, which I can't mention all but , including Carl Jones, my CAD manager, who offers advice and help anytime I need, and taught me the most important things I need to know on my upcoming career as an architect. The past months I've been with STV has been nothing but great experiences. Once again, thank you gentleman, I don't think I would have been able to continue on the way I did without your help.



Eric Canals



I wanted to take a moment to thank you, belatedly, for your support these past four years. At the end of May, I graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree and it would not have been possible without in part the support of ACE and RCDolner LLC. The ACE mentor program was really important in my development as a student both in high school and in college and I'm so glad that I had the good luck to find out about it.

I wanted to email you and formally thank you for your support this year and for allowing me to join the ACE program. I have learned a lot this past year and have discovered new fields and learned from professionals that I otherwise would not have gotten to meet. Because of you and the ACE mentorship program, I have been inspired and grown a lot and I will work to represent ACE well through my studies. I look forward to continuing my relationship with ACE in college and beyond. Please share my gratitude with all of the people at ACE.



Julian Ford



I wanted to take a moment to thank you, belatedly, for your support these past four years. At the end of May, I graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree and it would not have been possible without in part the support of ACE and RCDolner LLC. The ACE mentor program was really important in my development as a student both in high school and in college and I'm so glad that I had the good luck to find out about it.

Camera Ford

Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:34 PM
To: Paul Feiner <>

Subject: ACE Mentor Program


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Hi Everyone

We had 5 successful years with the ACE Program at Woodlands HS.

During that time we had great participation and the students were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarship awards.

Unfortunately because of job changes or personal situation we have lost most of our mentors for this year.

I am requesting your help in reaching out to the various industries to see if we can get an Architect and some engineers from the various disciplines.

We need to start as soon as possible to get the required 14 meetings in before the end of the school year.

Please let me know if you have any contacts and if you need me to meet with them.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Ed Jerman

ACE Mentor Program




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