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Foundation grant fuels ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program, which offers career mentorships to high school students statewide, received a $52,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation this month.

Since 2007, ACE has worked with students in the fields of architecture, construction management and engineering, to give them a real-life taste of the work as they finish high school.

In 2012, ACE served 92 students from 30 high schools in 12 after-school sessions.

Students worked in small teams with mentors to “design, engineer and construct” buildings and then present their work to industry professionals, parents, peers and educators. Sixty-five mentors from 26 firms in Portland volunteered to serve.

Also this year, ACE awarded $28,000 in college scholarships. In the past six years, they’ve awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 40 students.

The grant funds will allow ACE to serve more students and evaluate their efforts to improve the quality of the program.

Next year, 100 students from 30 high schools are enrolled. There’s no fee to participate in the program.