Once again, New England Tech served as the host site for approximately 25 dedicated high school students and their mentors during a 16-week program with ACE Rhode Island (Architecture, Construction, Engineering). Through the efforts of Phil Marks, Department Chair, Architectural/Building Engineering Technology; Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events; and, Jeff Cathcart of J. Cathcart, Inc., who served as the ACE representative, this program proved to be a great success.
ACE Rhode Island gives area high school students the opportunity to work closely with building industry professionals to explore the various jobs available in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Serving as mentors to the students, these individuals share their expertise through discussion of industry career paths while focusing on a wide range of hands-on design projects. Field trips to mentors’ offices along with actual job site tours demonstrate to these students how various professions work together to bring construction projects to completion.
On March 12, 2014, these students presented their outstanding projects to the mentors, fellow students, and family members. These unique designs ranged from vacation property to sustainable homes. Erin Flynn stated, “This after school program was a perfect example of education partnering with industry. These students were so committed to learning everything they possibly could, and it certainly showed in their presentations.”