The ACE MentorProgram WORKS!Research results show that ACE MentorProgram participants graduate highschool at a greater rate than non-ACEparticipants. ACE also increases thediversity in architecture, constructionand engineering program enrollment.It’s the degree of successthat the ACE Mentor Programhas had in young peoples’lives that is notable.
Survey OverviewThe ACE Mentor Program’s mission is to engage, excite andenlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture,construction, and engineering. One critical aspect of achieving thisgoal is to appeal to and mentor minority and female students.This benchmark research study was undertaken in January 2010to quantify ACE’s impact to-date. ACE students who had completedthe program between 2002 and 2009 were surveyed.3,666 individuals were invited to participate in an anonymous, webbased survey; 933 (26%) completed the survey. Of the individualswho completed the surveyed 454 (49%) of the respondentscompleted the ACE program in 2009.The research indicates that ACE is not only accomplishing itsmission, it is also helping to advance additional objectives, ashighlighted within.The experience at ACE enabled meto know exactly what it was I wasgoing into and that I loved doing it.ACE expanded my view ofengineering and architectureand opened my eyes to a wholenew array of potential careers.
121.4%Attend skilled tradestraining program orcompleted training andwork in tradesACE Mentor Program participantsgraduate high school at a higher ratethan their non-ACE counterparts.daduated andFemale ACE Mentor Programparticipants enter5.3%college engineeringConstructionprograms at double the national rate1.4%of their non-ACE counterparts.Skilled TradesACE Mentor Program participantsattend college at a higher rate thantheir non-ACE ican American4030202000NationalGraduation RateACE students who were seniors in high school in 15.8%Asian2009 graduated at a rate of 97% compared tothe 73.4% national graduation rate for the27%classHispanicof 2009for or Latino60 as reported by the National CenterEducation Statistics. 15030402530College Enrollment Rate201001060InterestedInterestedACE StudentsNationalCollegeCollegeEnrollment Rate Enrollment RateRace/Ethnic Make-Up of After-School enNational HispanicIndian 204010300200Caucasian29% of ACE college freshmen planning to majorin civil, electrical or mechanical engineeringwere female, versus 15% of college freshmen80nationwidewho planned to major in civil, electrical70or mechanicalengineering, according to theHigher60 Education Research Institute at UCLA. 24040National FreshmenEngineering80Construction1.4%Skilled Trades60402022.4%Architecture0ACE Students18.2%African AmericanAll AfterSchool Programs10080Began to consider A-C-E career20ConvincedofacareerinA-C-EACE FreshmenNational1060EngineersFreshmenUndecided about a future career direction0EngineersRealized did notwant A-C-Ecareer CaucasianAmerican an06080100NationalGraduation RateAll AfterSchool ProgramsAfrican AmericanHispanic 60Asian50Native AmericanCaucasian40Other3060Of studentsparticipating in the ACE programin 2008-09, 61% were20minorities and 31%National FreshmenACE Freshmenwere40Caucasian, versusthe national average for10after-schoolprogramsof40% minority and 60%20Caucasian, according to 0a recentACEstudyby theAfter SchoolAfter3JC PenneyFoundation & The SchoolAfter SchoolProgramAlliance.Programs0OtherACE StudentsGraduation RateTwo or MoreGroupsNationwideNationalGraduation RateParticipation of Low-Income StudentsAll sian/PacificIslander405065%Attend college or grad30 school in A-C-E or graduated andwork in A-C-E20401.4%Attend skilled tradestraining program orcompleted training andwork in 1.4%010SkilledACE AfterAfter SchoolBegan toreallyconsider A-C-E careerAttend college notACEopened mySchool ProgramProgramsin A-C-E or graduatedConvincedof a career in A-C-E0NationwideQuite and work inNot atallSomewhateyesalltheopportuUndecidedtoabouta futurecareerdirectionInterestednon-A-C-E fieldInterestedStronglyAgreeAgreein the ACE Mentor Programdid not want A-C-E career59%of studentsnities Realizedthatlie in the fieldsof11.4%were from low-income families or attended TitleStarted college in A-C-E but Stronglyarchitecture, constructionI schools,Agree versus 41%Agreeof youth in after-schoolunable to complete degreeprograms across the country who were from low22.4%and engineering.7.7%02040801003 60Architectureincomefamilies.OtherGained edge over peers studying A-C-E in collegeor enrolled in skilled trades training programAfrican AmericanHispanicAsianNative AmericanCaucasianOtherAgreeStrongly Agree65%35.8%1.4%Attend college or gradCaucasianAttend skilled tradesschool in A-C-E or graduatedand Agreetraining program orStronglyAgree1 US Department of Education, National Center forwork in A-C-E 2 Higher EducationcompletedResearchInstituteatUCLA:training andEducation Statistics: The Condition of Education 2009,ResearchBrief: workThe40Americanin trades 60Freshman02080 National100June 200940807010201008020AgreeAgree2060ACE Students20ACE students who were seniors in high school 6050in 2009enrolled in college at a rate of 94%100compared to the national college enrollment rate 4037.7%of68% for the class of 2009. 1 5.3%30600Other LearnedTwo 20orMorehowdifferent A-C-E professionsACE StudentsGroupscollaborateto build a structureGraduation RateGained useful0 information about A-C-E careersACE Freshmen0ACE StudentsNationalCollegeCollegeEnrollment Rate Enrollment Rate80Strongly Agree405500804010705100Strongly Agree601580After SchoolProgramsNationwide100252010ACE AfterSchool Program40More low-income students are enrolled20 ACE Program than other afterin theschoolprogramsas Quitea whole.Notat allSomewhat0ArchitectureACE FreshmenNational Freshmen1008020Females in Engineering22.4% Programs40ACE StudentsGraduation Rate3007060Moreminorities are enrolled in The80ACE Mentor Program than other after60 programs as a whole.school401011.4%Started college in A-C-E butunableto complete RatedegreeHigh g23.3%Attend college notin A-C-E or graduatedand work innon-A-C-E field360Norms, Fall 2009, January23.3%2010Learned how different A-C-E professionscollege notcollaborate to buildAttenda structurein A-C-E or graduatedLearned work/life skills useful in any career3.4%(e.g., teamwork, problem-solving)Other18.2%African American37.7%3 The JC Penney Foundation & 5.3%The After SchoolEngineeringConstructionAlliance: America After 3 P.M., Fall, 20091.4%Skilled Trades
60506045404030The20 ACE Mentor Program attracts more African Americanand10 Hispanic freshmen into civil, mechanical and0electricalengineering programs than their non-ACEAmerican Asian/Pacific AfricanHispanic CaucasianOtherTwo or t 10% of all college freshmenwho intended20to enroll in architecture programs in 2009 are ACE0Mentor Program alumni.ACE StudentsGraduation RateNationalGraduation RateOf the ACE students, the minority mix (Asian, AfricanAmerican and Hispanic) was 2 - 4 times greater thanfor national freshmen, who are 70% Caucasian.60Freshmen Majoring in Architecture in50 200940ACE FreshmenNational Freshmen808030705060104003020ACE FreshmenNational Freshmen702060direction10er0Freshmen Majoring in Engineering in 20095040ACE AfterSchool ProgramAfter SchoolProgramsNationwide302010American Asian/Pacific r0Two or MoreGroupsACE Freshmen37.7%Engineering50405.3%Construction30ACE guided me to an interesting20career, and made me want to 100pursue this kind of work.1.4%Skilled Trades3.3% 60tend college50 notA-C-E or graduatednd work in40on-A-C-E30field20ed college10in A-C-E butle to complete degree0American Asian/Pacific sian3.4%OtherHispanicCaucasianNot at itectureTwo or MoreGroups18.2%African AmericanAgreeStrongly Agree50Strongly Agree40030Not at all27%QuiteSomewhatHispanicor Latino InterestedInterested100AgreeStrongly Agree80Strongly AgreeAgree60040608020406080Learned how different A-C-E professions100useful informationA-C-E careersDuringGainedtheACEaboutMentorProgram I met a femaleconstruction manager whohelped me realize that I canpursue a career in facilitiesmanagement.15.8%Asian10020AgreeLearned how different A-C-E professionscollaborate to build a structure20OtherTwo or MoreGroupsThe percentage of African American ACE alumni entering civil, mechanical andelectrical engineering programs is almost three times the rate of their non-ACE60counterparts, according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.2Of those students, the minority mix (Asian, African American, Hispanic) was 2 - 4times greater for ACE students than for national freshmen, who are 70% Caucasian.2National FreshmenHispanicThe percentage of Hispanic ACE alumni entering civil, mechanical and electricalengineering programs is almost four times the rate of their non-ACE counterparts.The number of college freshmen planning to enroll in architectural programswho are ACE alumni (113) is almost 10% of the total of all college freshmen enteringarchitectural programs on a national level (1,226), according to the Higher EducationResearch Institute at UCLA.2killed tradesprogram or80ed training andrades 70American Asian/Pacific AfricanIndianIslanderAmerican10040National FreshmenACE Freshmen
504030503062037.7%Engineering15.8%10Asian 075.3%Construction3020ProgramNot at all SchoolSomewhatInterestedUndecided about a future career directionRealized did not want A-C-E career22.4%Architecture100engineering,0 construction and the skilled trades, or0 workingare alreadyin one of thesefields.ACE StudentsNational35.8%National 5.8%CaucasianACE Impact on Alumni Career Choices5.3%Construction95% of ACE alumni agreed that they gained60 A-C-E careers and22.4%40valuableknowledge aboutaboutArchitecturehow30the industry ficAfrican018.2% Work/LifeGained ValuableSkillsIndianIslanderAfrican American18.2%African NationalAmericanStrongly FreshmenAgreeStrongly Agree0200060Not at 60all5060801000School Program35.8%3.4%OtherStrongly earnedhow60different A-C-E4080 professions100collaborate to build a structure2060504030ProgramsNationwide2010American Asian/Pacific AfricanIndianIslanderAmericanStrongly Agree60Two or More 0National FreshmenAmericanAsian/Pacific AfricanHispanicACE FreshmenGroupsIndianIslanderAmerican100National FreshmenACE Freshmen806040I was excited tobe around5020fellow students 40who sharedthe same interest 0andtoCaucasianmeetAfrican30 All H.S.GraduatesAmericanAll H.S.CaucasianAfrican forHispanicmentors with greatpassion20GraduatesAmericanwhat they do.10605040Strongly ruction300Gained edge over peers studying A-C-E in college1.4%20or enrolled in skilled trades training programSkilled TradesLearned work/life skills useful in any career10 (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving)0QuiteInterestedLearned how differentGained A-C-Euseful professionsinformation about A-C-E careerscollaborate to buildNationala structureACE FreshmenFreshmenGained80useful information about A-C-E careers4011.4%Started college in A-C-E butunable to complete edIndian AgreeIslanderStrongly1004065% of ACE alumni are pursuingA-C-E majors40as graduate or undergraduatestudents.2070SomewhatInterested4088% of ACE alumniwho were college freshmen in30 they would consider serving2009 indicated thatas mentors in the20ACE program, versus 72%of national college10 freshmen who indicated anOtheror More 0interestTwoin volunteeringin 2009 as reported by her EducationResearchof UCLA.6080Not at allStrongly 0Agree50ACE FreshmenNational Freshmen08010Agree1065%1.4%Attend college or grad20Attend skilled trades037.7%school in A-C-E or graduated andtrainingprogram or National5.3%ACE Students0work in A-C-EEngineering0completedCollege training andCollegeConstructionACE StudentsNationalwork in tradesEnrollmentRate Enrollment RateCollegeCollege1.4%23.3% RateEnrollment Rate EnrollmentSkilled TradesAttend college notin A-C-E or graduated100and work in100non-A-C-E field801020Strongly Agree6040Hispanic CaucasianNationalGraduation RateAmericanACEStudentsGraduation Rate2030AgreeACE Freshmen2040ACE Alumni A-C-E CareerChoices20Caucasian3040gained an edge over their0 peers studying A-C-E in30collegeas a result of the ACEACEProgram.AfterAfter SchoolACE AfterAfter SchoolBeganto consider ProgramsA-C-E careerSchoolProgramNationwideConvinced of a careerin A-C-EUndecided about a future career directionRealized did not want A-C-E career10060Hispanic4050Gained edgeoverpeers studying A-C-Ein collegeACE FreshmenNationalFreshmen15.8%in skilled40trades training program80 or enrolledAsianLearned work/life skills30 useful in any career15.8%20 27%70 (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving)Asian or LatinoHispanic602027%0 90% of ACE alumni agree that they gainedAll H.S.Caucasian 10 AfricanHispanic or Latino50valuablework/life skillsAmericanto use in a Hispaniccareer andAsian/PacificGraduatesIslander4086% of ACE alumni were convinced of a careerin A-C-E or began to100consider80one AFTERparticipation in the ACE program.18.2%African American60Agree4080American Asian/Pacific AfricanIndianIslanderAmerican60Strongly 6080100 Skilled Trades20 0ACE FreshmenNational Freshmen80 Learned how different A-C-E professions 1.4%0Skilled Tradescollaborateto build100a structureAll esAmericanIslanderGained useful information about A-C-E careers608050 100HispanicAmericanPotential Interest in Serving as an ACE Mentor403.4%OtherIslander5060100ACE FreshmenStrongly Agree37.7%Engineering8030 200National FreshmenGained Knowledge of the A-C-E Industry606060 4050304010Indian8070 50204060ACEMentor30Program alumni “give50back”or expressa willingness to2040volunteermorethan their non-ACE10300counterparts.20American Asian/Pacific African018.2% 65%1.4%African AmericanAttend college or gradAttend skilled tradesschool in A-C-E or graduated andtraining program or5%1.4%work in A-C-Ecompleted training andtend college or gradAttend skilledtradesworkin tradeshool in A-C-E or graduated andtraining program orork in A-C-Ecompleted training 23.3%andAttend college notwork in tradesin A-C-E or graduated10023.3%and work in30Attend collegenotnon-A-C-Efieldin A-C-E or graduated802515.8%and workin11.4%Asiannon-A-C-Efield college in A-C-E butStarted2060unable to complete degree11.4%Latino7.7% in A-C-E but1540Started collegeOtherunable to complete degree107.7%2066% of ACEalumni areOthereither studying CE Freshmen5010ACE Mentor Program AlumniACEFreshmenGraduationRateEngineers70National Freshmen60702008800ACE Mentor Programstudents indicateACE AfterAfter sthem Nationwideanedge100 non-ACE counterparts.over theirACE AfterAfter School1.4%The ACE MentorProgram contributesBegan to consider A-C-E careerSkilled Trades10newrecruitsConvinced of a ofcareerin A-C-Er Latino a high percentage0Undecided about aconstructionfuture career directionfor Beganthe toarchitecture,andconsiderA-C-EcareerRealizeddid notwant A-C-E careerengineeringindustry.Convinced of a careerin A-C-E2040 how different A-C-E professionsLearned20collaborate to build a structure3010Gained useful informationabout A-C-E careers40Not at allSomewhatInterested0QuiteInterestedNot at allSomewhatInterested22.4%ArchitectureStrongly Agree18.2%African AmericanStrongly nterested
The ACE Mentor Program is a unique partnership among industry professionals— architects, interior designers, landscape architects, mechanical, structural,electrical, environmental and civil engineers, construction managers, college anduniversity representatives, and other professionals from related corporations andprofessional organizations — who work together to attract young people to theirprofessions. Industry professionals volunteer to become mentors to high schoolstudents in order to introduce them to the professions and encourage them topursue studies and careers in these fields. In return, the industry gets a muchneeded boost of new talent.ACE Mentor Program of America400 Main Street, Suite 600Stamford, CT 06901T 203.323.0020F 203.323.0032Visit us on the web atwww.acementor.org
ThE ACE MEnToR PRogRAM WoRKS! ACE expanded my view of engineering and architecture and opened my eyes to a whole new array of potential careers. Survey Overview The ACE Mentor Program's mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. One critical aspect of .