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ACE Mentor Club

ACE Mentor Club
Architecture, Construction, & Engineering

The ACE Mentor Program is a free, after-school program which brings together students interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering, and professionals from the field. ACE teams are formed in all three of the county comprehensive high schools (Monticello, Western and Albemarle). Each team is set up to emulate an actual design team, with students guided through a mock design project by their architect, engineer, and construction management mentors. Mentors guide the students as they work towards a final project, introducing them to the careers, industry vocabulary, and various roles companies play in the construction industry.

The ACE program began at Monticello High School during the 2007-08 school year. See below for information about the student projects in recent years.

For more information on the Ace Mentor organization, please visit their website at: or see Mrs. Burton, the Monticello Career Specialist.

2009-10 School Year: During the 2009-10 school year, MHS formed one team and students were mentored by a professional from Barton Malow Company. Students were enthusiastic and decided to design an indoor swimming pool for Monticello. Students also went on a field trip to the Smith Indoor Swimming Pool construction site. They presented their project to all the ACE teams, parents and business leaders on May 12th. Delegate Rob Bell attended and was very impressed with the opportunities the students were given through ACE and also their project designs. Students received an ACE participation certificate and ACE T-Shirt. Three scholarships were awarded. Unfortunately, none to MHS Students. Maybe next year!!

2008-09 School Year: During the 2008-09 school year, MHS formed one team and were mentored by four professionals representing four companies (Albemarle Heating and Air, Stonehaus, ColonialWebb, Alpha Corporation). The students decided to design an "Emerald Mall" including green technology. Students also had the opportunity to visit the new Martha Jefferson Hospital contruction site on Pantops. The ACE students presented their project at the reception on April 27th. One student was awarded a scholarship and another was awarded the "Above and Beyond" Award. All students received a participation certificate.

2007-08 School Year: During the 2007-08 school year, Monticello formed two teams, each selected a different hypothetical project and were mentored by professionals from Barton Malow Company and R.E. Lee. The students' chose their projects which were to design a new Music Resource Center and a Resort, both utilizing green technology. Students met once a week, after school. In addition, students went on a field trip to visit a job site. Throughout the approximately 15 weeks, students met to discuss design and building issues and develop plans and drawings for the projects. At the end of the 15 weeks, teams presented their projects at the ACE reception on May 15th, 2008. One of our seniors was awarded a scholarship.

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