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High Schools Students to Train with LA’s Leading Architects and Engineers at ACE LA

ACE LogoMedia Advisory for Wed 11/12/14

Contact: Maureen Whalen

ACE-LA Mentor Program (Architecture Construction and Engineering)mwhalen@acementorla.org   818-324-6209

High School Students Trade Free Time for Hands-On Architectural,                              Construction and Engineering Trades Experience

WHO:             Two hundred Los Angeles area high school students will receive hands-on training from big firm professionals in architecture, construction and engineering tomorrow in downtown Los Angeles.

WHAT:          ACE Trades Day Training Program

WHERE:       Federal Courthouse Construction Site – 107 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. 

PARKING:  2nd/Hill (137 S. Hill) – Complimentary Parking for all MEDIA- please let attendant know you are with ACE Mentor LA event.

WHEN:          THURSDAY, November 12, 2014

4:00 PM Students Arrive

                        4:30 PM Start of Program & Welcome

                        7:30 PM Program Ends

WHY:             Since 2002, ACE Los Angeles has enabled hundreds of high school students to discover the exciting potential of careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). “This event is a highlight of the ACE program each year,” says Matthew Barnard, Structural Engineer with Degenkolb Engineers, member of the ACE LA Mentor Board of Directors and volunteer Trades Day Event Chairman.  “Trades Days provide a spotlight on the rewarding careers within construction and the construction trades through interactive hands-on activities.”

HOW:             Media is invited to attend Trades Day and cover; advance interviews are also available.  Photo opportunities at ACE Trades Day include:

  • Students, architects and engineers working together on the Federal Courthouse site in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Students interacting with other students, teachers and ACE professionals
  • Event capping event at 7:30 PM showcasing the projects completed by the students.

 Additional details provided by ACE:

  • Starting with 45 students and three teams, ACE has grown to about 300 students on 15 teams throughout LA and Orange Counties. Students in spring 2013-2014 came from 20 different high schools.
  • Last season, a wide range of fun hands-on activities were successfully completed by the nearly 400 students who participated in one or more of the days. Masonry walls were built.  Walls were framed out of wood.  A duct system was built and tested with smoke.  Piping was put together.  Electrical circuits were wired and the lights turned on.  Conduit was bent.  Anchors were installed into concrete.  Safety was taught.  The apprenticeship programs and careers paths available within the construction trades were highlighted.
  • The scholarship program has expanded too. In the first year, scholarships were awarded to nine (9) graduating high school seniors. During calendar year 2012, we have already awarded 36 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and we expect to award about an equal amount to our former ACE high school students now in college and demonstrating continued progress in an ACE related discipline.
  • Because we cover a wide geographic area, we build our teams around high schools, or small clusters of high schools. We recruit mentors from nearby architectural, engineering and construction firms.
  • A typical team matches half a dozen professional mentors with two dozen students in grades 10 through 12. They meet after school every other week, approximately sixteen (16) times during the academic year.
  • Over 100 of our “alumni” are currently in college. By spring 2012, two dozen had graduated. Several have finished Master’s Degree programs. Most of these graduates are working in the design and construction professions and some have returned to mentor at our ACE high schools.
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