ACE Mentor Program provides hands-on experience

'ACE' Program provides hands-on architecture, construction and engineering experience
Posted on 10/29/2018

Students watching working being done.

If students think architecture, construction or engineering may be in their future, there is an opportunity explore those careers through the ACE Mentor Program.  A national program with a local affiliation through LaBella Associates of Rochester, ACE educates students about these professions through hands-on projects, tours and guest lecturers on Thursday evenings throughout the academic year. Irondequoit High School students have participated for the last eight years. This year, Angela Ngo, Anthony Ha, Micah Matuska and Jamalis Melendez are learning how architects, construction managers and engineers must work together to make a blueprint come to life as an existing structure.

The year-long program covers topics such as understanding construction drawings, structural engineering, electrical systems, plumbing, estimating materials costs, bidding, roofing and landscape architecture. On October 13th, ACE students met at Rochester Davis-Fetch Corporation to get experience at metal framing and installing dry wall sheets. It was the first step in the construction of playhouses that will be auctioned at the student capstone presentation on March 23 at the Strathallan Hotel in Rochester. The playhouses will also be on display at the 2019 Home and Garden Show on March 24-25.

LaBella Associates, The Pike Corporation, LeChase Construction and numerous other companies have mentored teens in the ACE Program leading many students to ultimately choose college majors related to these fields.  Students interested in joining the Ace Mentor program in the future should check out or See Mrs. Russ in the College and Career Center.