New England Tech Hosts Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentorships

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) hosted an event recently showcasing the final presentations of 20 Rhode Island high school students who participated in the 2016 – 2017 ACE Mentoring RI West Bay program.

High school student developing an architectural model at NEIT

Rhode Island high school students with an interest in construction, architecture, and engineering technology participated in a five-month program at New England Tech which began in October of 2016. The program met weekly at NEIT through the final presentation of student projects on March 15. The student teams presented designs for a four story mixed use building consisting of commercial and residential spaces. The teams explained how they arrived at their decisions and final designs, with one team showing a 3D virtual interior tour video of its building.

The mentoring project was administered by a local affiliate of ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., which mentors high school student across the country and helps them to pursue careers in architecture and construction and engineering (ACE). The organization works with more than 8,000 students each year. NEIT joins Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University in providing support and sponsorship of this mentoring activity.

High school students display their ACE program completion certificates

In this year’s program, two of the industry mentors were NEIT alumni, Luis Rodriquez and Bill Pepin. “I had been looking for a chance to volunteer and give back,” says Bill, a project engineer. “I heard about ACE mentoring RI through my employer, Gilbane Building, and thought this was a great opportunity to guide young people, right here at New England Tech.” Thomas Gilbane, of Gilbane Building and chairman of the national ACE Mentoring board, was in attendance and spoke to the students and their families. Gilbane Building’s District Chief Estimator, Paul Olean – the ACE NEIT leader stated: “ACE Mentoring is a great program for high school students to get an idea of what it’s like to be part of our industry. New England Tech offers a tremendous environment to mentor in, and we’re very grateful to Erin Flynn and her team from the university.”

ACE not only involves professional volunteer mentors to work with students, it also provides scholarships. To date, ACE has granted more than $14 million in scholarship support to participating program students.

NEIT Department Chair of Design and Architecture, Phil Marks, spoke to the group about New England Tech and its numerous relevant majors at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Learn more about New England Tech’s unique degree programs and how they can help you realize your potential ahead of schedule. You can also Learn more about ACE at > http://www.acementorri.org.

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