Team members from our San Antonio office recently competed in the ACE Mentor Program of San Antonio’s Annual Bowling Tournament. Founded in 2006, the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program consists of building industry professionals and educators who help high school students learn more about potential careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. The bowling tournament is the key scholarship fundraiser for the program. The tournament also allows for friendly competition among professionals and provides the opportunity to sponsor high school students – sometimes providing the students with their first ever bowling experience.
ACE originally began on the campuses of John Jay/Science & Engineering Academy (NISD) and Roosevelt High School/DATA/ETA (NEISD) and has since expanded to 9 local campuses (East Central, Highlands, John Jay, Jefferson, Lanier, Reagan, South San, Warren, and Taft High School). Students join design teams to conceptually develop the master plan for current and local initiatives such as Hampshire Park and Frost Tower. Throughout the student’s experience, ACE Mentors such as BIG RED DOG’s Katherine Lopez provide guidance.
At the end of the program, students present their project to a board of industry leaders and are then eligible to earn various scholarships. In the upcoming year, the ACE Mentor program will be available at six high-school campuses; this growth spurs the need for more funds and fundraising efforts, such as the Bowling Tournament. BIG RED DOG along with friends from the A/E/C industry and the City of San Antonio competed for the coveted championship plaque. At the end of the night, another engineering firm ran away with the 1st prize. But, of course, the real winners are the students who get the scholarships towards their college career.