The ACE Mentor Hudson Valley Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare local high school students for careers in design and construction through mentoring by Hudson Valley industry professionals.

Since its inception in 1995 the ACE program has served over 5,000 students in New York and 65,000 students nationwide.

Steve Neuhaus
County Executive of Orange County, New York


“Orange County can only benefit from a program like ACE which encourages local students to pursue careers in Architecture, Engineering and Construction and hopefully work with companies in our flourishing region”

Lynn Allen Cione
Orange County NY Chamber of Commerce

“I am excited about this opportunity as we will need these skill sets on mass in the years to come.”

Marc Baez
Sullivan County Partnership


ACE Is One of Only Eight 2010 Award Recipients



Erik Collier

Collier Construction LLC
371 E. Main St
NY 10940

P 845-346-0010

Katie Chevalier Bawarski
Regional Director (Northeast/Mid-Atlantic)
(518) 928-4989

Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management
19 Front Street,
New York 12550
P 845.561.3179 x17
F 845.561.3215

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that the construction industry will need 1.6 million new workers nationwide by 2022. And in New York, it has been reported that around 40 percent of the statewide industry will reach retirement age within two years. What we do now will help us address that gap in the future so we are prepared to support the continuous growth of construction.


Ace Inaugural Year End Event at SUNY Orange

Ace Inaugural Year End Event at SUNY Orange

The ACE Mentor Hudson Valley Affiliate inaugural student year end event took place today. The event was hosted by SUNY Orange and took place at the Rowley Science Building - SUNY Orange - Middletown campus.  It was attended by students, parents, mentors, friends and...

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Team Newburgh kick off with their first ACE session

Team Newburgh kick off with their first ACE session

The Newburgh Team had our first session last week! Students were presented with a Request for Proposal to design a new boathouse for the Newburgh Free Academy Crew Team. Special thanks to Johnny's Riverside Pizza & Deli for generously supporting our first session!...

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Program Description

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

The program was founded in New York City in 1995 by leading architects, contractors, engineers and owners. It has grown to more than 8,000 students and 2,500 mentors in 200 cities and 40 states. Since its inception, the program has served over 5,000 students in New York and 65,000 students nationwide. In 2012, over 800 students registered for the program in New York alone. 72% of ACE students are minorities and 49% are female.

At ACE Mentor Hudson Valley our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students in the Hudson Valley region to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants.


Practicing professionals attracting young people to real professions

Who better to inspire a new generation of young people to start careers in an industry than the professionals currently shaping it?  ACE uses working professionals to reach job seekers for the following vocations:

  • Architects

  • Interior Designers

  • Landscape Architects

  • Mechanical Engineers

  • Structural Engineers

  • Electrical Engineers

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Civil Engineers

  • Construction Managers

  • College & University Representatives


An education that goes well beyond textbooks

By working with real professionals in real work environments, ACE students receive an invaluable hands-on education — they learn to understand the day-to-day workings of a business by living it, experiencing it, not merely reading about it.

ACE New York has awarded $1,887,000 in scholarships to 915 program graduates

“ACE has given me a head start in learning the expectations and responsibilities of an architect. I now know what is expected as I go on to college and what I need to do to prepare myself.”

Greg Swift

Student, Schalmont High School (New York)


ACE’s mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring to support their continued advancement in the industry.

ACE is an after school program that introduces you to careers in architecture, construction management, engineering and other disciplines.

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The ACE Mentor Program is driven by the committed and enthusiastic participation of volunteer mentors who are practicing professionals in their respective field.

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Sponsors are all key to the success of ACE. Only with their support are we able to offer life-changing career programs to students at no cost.

ACE Benefits: The Design and Construction Industry
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Want to become a sponsor? Call 703.942.8101 or fill out our form.