ACE Mentor Program
Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program introduces high school students to career opportunities within the design and construction industry. Design firms band together into separate teams that are organized like a typical design and construction team and "adopt" students from local high schools. Mentors from each of the firms work with students on a broad range of projects, exposing them to various design professions and roles that each performs in planning, designing and constructing a project. Students gain first hand insight by touring project offices and visiting active construction sites as well as working closely with their mentors to solve challenging "real world" projects. The program offers annual scholarships for ACE graduates who go on to college to study for a career in the design and construction industry.
In 2010, one of the teams lead by Norris Design volunteers won the ACE/CIRT National Competition.