Looking Closer: Student Interest in Construction

In recent posts, we shed some light on some of the career interests of STEM Premier student members. Now we’re delving deeper into select industries to see exactly what careers students have on their radar. Today, we’re looking at the construction industry.

Construction is an area primed to grow quickly over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in construction-related occupations will grow ten percent between 2014 and 2024, which outpaces the average growth for all occupations. In terms of jobs, this will mean an increase of approximately 700,000 from 6.5 million to 7.2 million.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on the policies of Donald Trump’s incoming administration in regards to infrastructure development. The President-Elect has previously announced plans to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure development; a package which would further increase the need for additional construction jobs. This is excellent news for trade and technical schools who offer educational programming poised to meet this new demand. 

It also makes organizations such as ACE Mentor Program - which seeks to connect high school students with professionals in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields - all the more vital. 

To get a better idea of some of the construction occupations which STEM Premier students are interested, here is a small sample:

  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Equipment Operators
  • HAZMAT Removal Specialists
  • Plumbers

Is your school or organization looking for these kinds of students? If so, join STEM Premier today and start connecting.

ACE Mentor Program is Building the Foundation for Students Interested in the Design and Construction Industry

They say that the best way to learn how to do something is to just do it.

That simple advice represents the philosophy behind the approach of The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., our newest partner in the effort to enhance STEM education and career pathways for students across the U.S.

ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) is a mentorship program which pairs teams of high school students with practicing professionals drawn from all segments of  the design and construction industry. Student teams work on a design project as their mentors advise them on practical, real-world techniques, roles, and terminology used in the industry.

ACE affiliates or chapters operate in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The student and mentor teams meet after school about 15 times during the academic year to collaborate on simulated, but realistic design projects which they present at the conclusion of the year. No fees are required. 

Since 1994 -- the year of ACE’s inception -- more than 30,000 students have participated in the program. Afterwards, many have remained involved with the organization through their mentor relationships and professional opportunities.

In addition to its core mission of mentoring, ACE also offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing architecture, construction, and engineering in college or skilled crafts programs. To date, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to deserving students.

ACE focuses primarily on students who seek careers in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management as well as mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering. With thousands of students on STEM Premier’s platform who are interested in these specific vocations, we are proud to be partners with The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., and we hope to learn much from each other as we work together towards creating career pathways for these students. After all, the best way to learn is to do.

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