Students Chosen for ACE Mentor Program

Students Chosen for ACE Mentor Program
Ten students from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills have been selected to participate in the Chicago ACE Mentor Program. ACE is a 15-week after school program for high school upperclassmen who want to learn more about careers in architecture, construction management, and engineering.

According to the ACE Mentor Program website, ACE's mission is to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships.

The national program was founded in 1995 as an innovative way of attracting students, particularly minorities, women, and low-income populations into these career fields. In 2000, The ACE Mentor Affiliate of Chicago was established and began a 19-year partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Since its founding, the program has touched the lives of more than 3,500 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 36 Chicago public schools and surrounding schools such as Hillcrest High School.

This is the third year Hillcrest has been involved in this program. Last year, Hillcrest had three students accepted and those students completed a design project and presented it at IIT during ACE Chicago's culminating event. In addition, two of those students were awarded scholarships for their outstanding work and involvement.

Of the ten students accepted this year, two of them are returning students. Several students in this year's group are also part of the school's Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is a national program meant to increase interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
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