NCA Helps ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut

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NCA is among five local businesses that helped initiate a Middletown-based team for the Ace Mentor Program of America. The ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of America is regarded as one of America’s top workforce development organization that encourages youth to pursue STEM-related careers.  For over 15 years, ACE has offered Connecticut high school students opportunities to prepare for college and beyond.

ACE is poised to enroll and mentor even more students during the 2015 – 2016 school year.  The new team will be a subset of the Hartford Chapter and include students from Middletown, Meriden, Cromwell, and Durham.  The team will be led by mentors from Northeast Collaborative Architects and joined by mentors from area firms including Arcadis, CES, Fortunato Construction, and Tighe & Bond.  Wesleyan University is also a frequent contributor to the ACE Mentor Program throughout the state.

NCA Principal John Scheib says, “The students gain knowledge of these professional fields and accelerate their path to success, while the mentor firms can directly enhance the future of the design and construction professional workforce.  It’s a win-win for all involved.  Mentors take great pride in seeing these young individuals thrive in the program, through college, and beyond.”

“The ACE Mentor Program attracts students to its 35-40-hour after-school program who want to reach beyond textbooks and understand real world applications of their studies,” stated Thomas Gilbane, Jr., Chairman of the Board, ACE Mentor Program, and Chairman & CEO, Gilbane, Inc.

Quantitative results from two 2015 ACE studies show that:

  • 63% of ACE seniors were minority students vs. the national average of 44.3%
  • 98.6% of ACE high school seniors graduate from high school vs. the national average of 80%
  • 92% of ACE seniors entered college directly from high school vs. the national average of 66%
  • 70% of college-bound ACE seniors major in architecture, engineering or construction management

The ACE Mentor Program of America was founded in 1994 by the principals of distinguished design and construction firms under the leadership and guiding force of Dr. Charles H. Thornton. Its 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.  ACE’s 63 affiliates in 34 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico organize 2,000 mentors to deliver a 15-session after-school program to almost 8,000 students.  ACE’s sponsors include many of America’s leading companies in the design and construction industry. For more information visit:



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