About Us

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.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.

About ACE San Diego: In 2003, a group of local architects, engineers and general contractors founded ACE Mentor San Diego. We are excited to begin our fifteenth year in the program which has graduated and funded hundreds of high school students to pursue their degrees and enter the local workforce. The ACE Mentor program gives high school students an inside look at the wealth of career opportunities available to them in the building and design industries.

In our first year, volunteer mentors from many industry and university partners recruited and guided three teams of students. In our fifteenth year, mentors from more than 93 companies are working with eleven student teams. In addition, the NewSchool of Architecture and Design has made a significant commitment to ACE by offering full scholarships on a competitive basis for their five-year undergraduate Architecture and Construction Management programs.

For our 2018-2019 school year we had:

11 Schools
205 Students 
113 Mentors
18 Board Members
93 Sponsoring Organizations
$105,000 in Scholarships awarded

We currently have programs in 12 San Diego High Schools:

Castle Park High
E-3 Civic High
El Camino High
Helix High
Hoover High
Kearny High
La Costa High
Patrick Henry High
San Diego High 
Santana High
Serra High 
Southwest High