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ACE Mentor Program of America celebrates 25th Anniversary with new sponsor Capitol Technology University

On May 14 – 16, 2019, the ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Capitol Technology University’s president, Dr. Bradford Sims, attended the event on behalf of the university. General Colin Powell (ret.) provided the keynote address.

The ACE program provides mentoring and hands-on training for high school students, with the goal of inspiring a diverse group of talent to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

“For 25 years, ACE has stimulated thousands of high school students to pursue careers in the design and construction industry,” said Diana Eidenshink, ACE’s president. “We celebrated our success and silver anniversary with a dinner headlined by General Colin Powell (ret.). In the next quarter century, ACE expects to continue expanding in order to meet our industry’s workforce needs,” she added.

General Colin Powell speaking at ACE Mentor Program anniversary

Capitol Technology University, a new ACE sponsor, shares ACE’s mission of preparing students for careers in high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

In addition to supporting students via mentoring and real-world training, ACE supports each participating student financially through scholarships and grants. ACE’s impact runs deep. Since its inception, it has awarded over $15 million in scholarships to participating students.

Undergraduate students at Capitol who are awarded an ACE Mentor Scholarship receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for four years at the university, provided they meet certain eligibility requirements throughout the scholarship period.

“Technical degrees provide great lifelong career opportunities for all students, and financial aid plays a critical role in helping some achieve this goal,” said Dr. Sims, Capitol Technology University’s president. “Capitol is excited to partner with ACE, where we can work together to build a stronger today and tomorrow,” he added.

Nationwide, more than 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools participate in ACE annually. For many student participants, the program helps bridge the gap between cost and attendance, bringing them one step closer to making their dreams a reality.

To learn more about Capitol’s bachelor’s degree programs in engineering and construction management and critical infrastructure, contact

Cover photo caption: Peter Davoren, chaiman of the ACE Board and chairman & CEO of Turner Construction, greets Gen. Colin Powell.

Photo credit: ACE Mentor Program.