Are you a high school junior or senior interested in learning more about careers in architecture, construction, or engineering? ACE may be for you! The ACE Mentor Program of Oregon is a free after-school program that runs from January to May. Seniors interested in these career paths are eligible to apply for ACE scholarships to a four-year university, community college or apprenticeship training program.
Student & Family info Sessions
Every Fall as registration opens, we will host in-person and virtual outreach for students to learn more about ACE.
Hop passes are available for students to attend the In Person Info Session with enough notice and completed RSVP. You can watch our previous Student & Family Information Session from the Fall of 2022 here.
Click here for a downloadable 2023-24 Student flyer.
ACE is open to high school juniors and seniors. Sophomores are accepted if there is space in the program. Participating students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average or teacher/counselor recommendation, have successfully completed 2 years of high school level math, have a good school attendance record and be drug/alcohol free.
Our program is from January - May of every year. Students will be assigned to a Tuesday or Thursday team:
Tuesday and Thursday teams will meet from 4:30-6:30 pm (in-person*)
Locations vary depending on team and volunteer firms' availability.
*All teams will be expected to follow CDC and Multnomah County guidelines around gatherings.
To apply, complete the two-part application by November 13, 2023.
Part 1 (Oregon Affiliate): Complete and submit the Oregon Local Application below.
Part 2 (National Database): Registered through the ACE National Database linked in part 1 and below.*
*Note: Part 2 includes the required parent/guardian consent form. If you are a new student to ACE, scroll down and create a student account. If you are a returning student, log in to your account (contact email@example.com if you need assistance logging in).
Notification Process Students will be notified about acceptance to the 2023-24 program by December 8, 2023.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
hOW MUCH DOES aCE COST?
Nothing! The cost for students is free.
Who works with the students and how are they vetted?
ACE’s volunteer mentors are practicing professionals with a special interest in helping young people and supporting the future of their profession. They provide individual mentoring in a team setting. All mentors are required to undergo background checks and mentor training.
Where and when do students meet?
Students in ACE meet once a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 pm for two weeks on then one week off for a week off. Sessions are held at local firms located in or near downtown Portland. Some may take field trips to job sites. For more information please visit the Program Calendar.
Does ACE include food?
Yes, a typical session will include a light meal, such as pizza or sandwiches, provided by the team's hosting firm.
Does ACE provide transportation?
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation. TriMet Hp passes are available to students facing transportation barriers. Students can start the process of requesting passes during the application process.
Are there any scholarship opportunities?
Yes! Since 2006, the Oregon Affiliate has awarded more than $1 million in local scholarships to ACE students.
Available scholarships to ACE Oregon Students:
ACE Junior Summer Camp Scholarship
ACE Senior Scholarship
ACE Alumni SEA Scholarship(By Invitation)
CMiC Scholarship (National)
Can students join ace with their friends?
Yes, students can request to be paired with their friends during their application. Students should confirm which day they're available with each other beforehand.
Is there extra homework?
No, work associated with ACE takes place during the two-hour sessions. Some teams may choose to do additional work in preparation for their final presentation.
What is the attendance policy for participating students?
Regular attendance is essential to the success of each ACE team. ACE has the following attendance policy:
• Students are expected to be on time and attend all meetings. • In the event of illness or unavoidable conflict, two “excused” absences are allowed. Students must notify ACE staff and their Mentor Captains in advance. • Additional absences may result in dismissal from the program. • A “no-show” is an unexcused absence and may result in dismissal from the program. • If experiencing barriers to attending sessions regularly, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with their Co-Captains and ACE staff.