Architecture Construction Engineering Students (ACES)

Training a new generation of workers who reflect the talents and diversity found in today's American communities

Architecture Construction Engineering Students (ACES) is a secondary through postsecondary education program designed to train a new generation of workers who reflect the talents and diversity found in today’s American communities. ACES students can earn a high school diploma, skills certificates and associate degrees to jumpstart STEAM careers in architecture, engineering, energy, and construction.


ACES creates academic pathways, regardless of participants’ GPAs and socio-economic challenges, by employing a collaborative, proactive case-management approach that engages high school principals and teachers, community college faculty and administrators, charter school executive directors and counselors. The program has helped hundreds of high school students earn industry credentials/skills certificates.

ACES Program Sites

Los Angeles,

ACES Gallery


Ricardo Maquina
LAUSD high school student & ACES participant
“Through ACES, I learned to use auto-cad, sketch-up and other software. The college classes benefited me because engineers are using these software programs.”
Carla Barrera-Ortiz
Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District

“ACES has transformed our school’s culture and academic program by giving our students direct access to college-level coursework, workforce development and hands-on training through paid internship opportunities,”


For more information about ACES,
contact: Wendy Angel or Joseph Warner

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