CMAA Partners with ACE Mentor Program to Develop Next-Generation Workforce

CMAA Partners with ACE Mentor Program to Develop Next-Generation Workforce

McLean, VA - February 23, 2017 - CMAA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the ACE Mentor Program to mentor high school students and inspire them to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. CMAA has donated $25,000 to ACE, and has joined ACE as a member of the Board as well.
ACE’s mission is to attract high school students into the design and construction industry and support their advancement from early education on into the workforce. ACE and its 66 affiliates have awarded more than $14 million in scholarships to those studying industry-related majors in college or pursuing a career in the skilled trades.
"With retirement approaching for many baby boomers, it’s important to attract and educate our young people today. CMAA is dedicated to mentoring our students to become future leaders in the construction industry", said CMAA President & CEO, Bruce D’Agostino, CAE, FCMAA.
Construction management is an important component of the ACE program. Four-fifths of students report their ACE experience has taught them about estimating construction costs and scheduling a project. Five percent of high school seniors who completed the program in 2016 entered college declaring majors in construction management, and close to 25% of the program’s mentors are construction managers.
"ACE’s new partnership with CMAA holds great promise", said ACE Interim Executive Director, Diana Eidenshink. "We plan to strengthen ties between CMAA chapters and ACE affiliates to attract more construction managers to mentor in our program and increase high school students’ awareness of careers in construction management."

About ACE Mentor Program
Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program has engaged more than 50,000 high school students from 1,000 schools in its project-based program that successfully stimulates them to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. Teams of volunteer professionals from the design and construction industry lead students through a 40-hour curriculum largely taught after school. Students get hands-on experience planning and designing a project, often related to a real need in their communities, and at the culmination of the program, present their projects to a public audience. ACE and its 66 affiliates operate in 34 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Today, more than 8,500 students and 3,000 mentors are active in the program. Most students are from populations underrepresented in the industry. For more details, visit
About CMAA
CMAA is dedicated to advancing professional construction and program management worldwide. Its membership is made up of over 16,000 public and private organizations, owners and individual practitioners. CMAA provides professional development, certification, advocacy, and business opportunities to its members and the entire CM industry.

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