Data from the first survey of graduates of the 15-year-old ACE Mentor Program of America, a non-profit organization that introduces high-school students to architecture, construction and engineering, indicates that more than 65% of ACE alumni are pursuing design and construction majors. Of them, 37.7% are studying engineering, 22.4% are studying architecture, 5.3% are studying construction and 1.4% are learning a skilled trade.
Survey results indicate 97% of ACE alumni graduate from high school, compared to 73.4% of students nationwide. The data also indicates 94% attend college, compared to 68% nationally. According to the survey, female ACE participants enter college engineering programs at double the national rate, and more minorities and students from low-income households are enrolled in ACE than all other after-school programs in the U.S.