Summer means R&R for many young people, but not for several students involved with the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland. These young people are working hard this summer learning more about the building and construction industry. These opportunities fall under the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland’s Career Pathways committee’s responsibilities.
Take Imani Young. Imani, who joined the ACE program in her junior year at John Hay’s Cleveland School of Architecture and Design, graduated in 2014, and is now interning with Regency Construction Services, Inc. getting front-line experience in the industry after graduating in May of 2018 from Andrews University in Michigan. She received a $19,000 ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland scholarship via the Cleveland Foundation - Ward Scholarship.
ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland Board Chair Tari Rivera is President of Regency Construction Services and a tremendous advocate for providing opportunities. “Imani’s internship is allowing her to work on a multitude of tasks typically performed by an entry-level project engineer,” Tari Rivera noted. “She is currently working on an estimate for a renovation of a chemistry lab, chemistry prep lab and a collaborative area for Holy Name High School. This assignment included visiting the school to meet the architect and school principal to observe and take pictures of the spaces, performing take-off quantities on on-screen estimating software and inputting data into the estimate spreadsheet. Imani also assisted with the presentation of the estimate to the client. She is also assisting project managers with the subcontractor pay application process working with certified payrolls and lien waivers.”
Taking Initiative Pays Off
Mohammed “Moe” Khaled, the inaugural recipient of the Tom Laird Excellence in ACE Award, reached out to Emeritus ACE board member Tom Laird in the spring and became one of Gilbane Building Company’s summer interns. As the newest member of The Lumen at Playhouse Square project, Moe has learned the importance of attention to detail and having good communication skills. He has been on site for almost a month, and has demonstrated his ability to take on daily reports and accurately documents daily site progress. “My favorite part about construction is the interaction with different people and learning from others,” said Moe. “I also like seeing things go from nothing, to something.” Moe has been a valuable addition to the project team and is eager to learn.
Bakari Ballard, Glen Shumate, and Mohammed Khaled at the ACE 10th Anniversary Gala.
Several other ACE alumni are interning and working for AKA Construction Team, CEA, Independence Construction, Ozanne Construction, Then Design, Turner Construction and with other employers.
This is the type of internship experience available to ACE Mentor Program students. To learn more about Career Pathways Program, contact Glen Shumate, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contribute to ACE Mentor Program, visit this page.
This story was written by Kim St. John-Stevenson of Ink+ LLC.