Press Release: 06.04.2014

New Orleans Graduates of ACE Mentor Program Learn Challenges of Rebuilding New Orleans

The Greater New Orleans affiliate of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program hosted its annual awards banquet and graduation in the New Orleans Downtown Marriott. Twenty-three McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School students were honored by leaders in the New Orleans architecture, construction and engineering community for successful completion of the ACE Mentor Program, a national program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in ACE fields and helps support their continued advancement in the industry.

ACE student, Kendrick Grant, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use toward post-high school education expenses, including professional degree programs, construction trade training and other apprenticeships. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Project Director Josh Martin helped raise more than $20,000, including some three-year commitments, for scholarships from an assortment of top tier construction industry firms, including Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners and other local construction industry firms. William Keeley, Quality Control Manager with McCarthy, is the ACE Board Chairman.

“By working with real professionals in real work environments, ACE students receive an invaluable hands-on education. They learn to understand the day-to-day workings of a business by living it and experiencing it, not merely reading about it,” said Keeley.

Several ACE students recently toured the 1.7 million-square-foot Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Health Care System Replacement Medical Center in New Orleans, where Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners are working in a joint venture with Louisiana firms Woodward Design + Build and Landis Construction Company to rebuild the hospital damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The project covers 12 city blocks and 29 acres.

“ACE students were given a full tour of the project site where McCarthy project engineer Gary Atkins and Clark project manager Adam Milner covered the importance of this project to the New Orleans community, jobsite safety, and unique hardening components to protect the facility in the event of a future hurricane,” added Keeley.

The ACE Mentor Program-New Orleans began four years ago at the former Priestley Charter School with support primarily from the board of directors. Two years ago the program was offered to students at McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School with two teams of students and mentors as a morning elective following the Louisiana Department of Education guidelines. The program is now expanding and gaining support from the broader architecture, construction, and engineering community.

About ACE Mentor Program
The mission of the ACE Mentor Program is to enlighten and increase the awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering and related areas of design and construction industry through mentoring, and to provide scholarship opportunities for students in an inclusive manner reflective of the diverse school population.

About McCarthy
For 150 years, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,600 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company’s history is available by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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