ACE Mentors Inspiring High School Students in Seattle

By Kelsey Randolph

Mortenson has been involved in the ACE Mentor program for about 10 years. Every year many team members volunteer between 40 and 60 hours of their time to mentor and inspire high school students interested in design and construction.

Our Seattle South Sound team worked on projects with the students all year long and featured the design and construction plans for the "Thea Foss Seaplane Welcome Center." Each student played a major role in the project and dedicated certain aspects of their skills to help visualize the project. Students presented their final project at the Thea Foss Waterway Seaport Museum in Tacoma, WA.

ACE is the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually. Their 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 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.

At the end of the school year, the students in the ACE Mentor program put together a presentation showing all they have learned over the year and present it to family, friends, mentors, and anyone interested in the program.

Special thanks to the South Sound team, Damion Walker and Eric Shelton