Some area high school students are getting the edge they need to jumpstart their careers, thanks to the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program. The program matches students with some of the top business leaders across the country.
A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology and
Englewood High School have experienced the program firsthand.
Recently, one of the ACE mentors was honored for going above and beyond as a role model to his mentee.
The Haskell Company Project Manager, Jacob Thurlow, mentors a student at A. Philip Randolph. He was selected as one of five national Exemplary ACE Mentors that earned him $5,000 in scholarships that will be awarded to students in the Northeast Florida area. Mr. Thurlow will be honored on May 17, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the University of North Florida during the end-of-year program. City of Jacksonville Education Commissioner Dr. Donnie Horner will serve as the keynote speaker.
ACE mentors spend two hours each week for 15 weeks with students. During the sessions, students work in teams to create practical solutions for "real-world" projects. This allows them the opportunity to experience the reality of what architects, contractors and engineers face on a typical day.
The ACE Mentor Program is now the construction industry's fastest growing high school mentoring program with 31,000 students participating nationwide. The program is in its sixth year.
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