About the Program

This website is dedicated to informing students, parents and other community members of the tremendous opportunities for area students to become involved in exploring the ACE industry. Teachers from all over Eastern Iowa have collaborated to bring this website to life. For more information on the teachers and districts involved, please click here.

For ACE students, innovative and engaging courses await.

The ACE Program is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping.

Already, thousands of students have enjoyed the exciting projects, informative field trips and other engaging activities that make up the ACE experience.

Please see the links describing the ACE courses and pathway diagram.

For ACE students, the construction industry is your classroom.

ACE Mentor

Led by mentors. Driven by you.

As a participant, you’ll join a team of other students led by adult mentors who are practicing industry professionals. ACE isn’t about merely describing specific professions, it’s about immersing you in the profession by engaging you in actual building projects. These can range from new schools and mixed-use developments to amphitheatres and temporary housing for movie stars on location.

What to expect.

You’ll visit professional offices, job sites and other relevant locations. You’ll discuss the same issues, and perform the same tasks, as if you worked in the industry. ACE gives you a practical hands-on view of how abstract concepts get transformed into the buildings that make up our everyday reality. Throughout the ACE Mentor program you will design and build a free standing classroom with students from around eastern Iowa.  More details on this project will be unveiled as the project nears in August!

Opportunities abound.

ACE is your chance to learn about different construction industry careers — and discover which one might be right for you. It's also a great way to connect with other students who share your passions. The friends you make during your ACE experience will likely be your friends for life.

If you're ready to take the first step on an exciting career path, we're ready to help. Click the Request Info button today!

Founded in 1994, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

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.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. 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 1994, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Practicing professionals attracting young people to real professions.

ACE is an inspired partnership between a variety of industry professionals, each one invested in the future of his or her passion by ensuring a new generation of talent:

  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Painter
  • Residential Contractors
  • Pipefitter
  • Ironworker
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Surveyor
  • Civil Engineers
  • Construction Managers
  • College & University Representatives
  • Commercial Contractors
  • Plumber
  • Flooring Installer
  • Electrician
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Construction Suppliers     
  • Realtors
  • Structural Engineers
  • HVAC Technician
  • Glazier
  • and MANY more!                                 

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.