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Congratulations to the ACE Mentor Program Cleveland 2018-2019 Scholarship Award Recipients!

Jun 10, 2019

Since the organization’s founding in 2008, the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland has awarded $944,815 in scholarships to Cleveland and Warrensville Heights high school students aspiring to further their education in college or trades careers.

The ACE Mentor Program is an after-school career pathways mentorship program that introduces high school students to the worlds of architecture, construction, and engineering through project-based learning from A/E/C industry professionals. Students work diligently through the school year to prepare a design and construction project in response to a program RFP addressing real-world problems in their communities.

During the course of the 2018-2019 program year, the program engaged 175 students across 11 schools (10 of which are within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, with one additional site being at Warrensville Heights High School) and is supported by a network of over 130 A/E/C industry professionals.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) attests to the successful impact the ACE Program has had on its students and says improved test scores directly correlate to the program’s learning style.

Eric Gordon, CMSD CEO, attributed ACE’s true value to the program’s structure which facilitates “demonstrations of learning.” Demonstrations of learning are a teaching strategy increasingly being used within CMSD to highlight and foster student knowledge by giving them a platform to learn applicable skills. “It [demonstrations of learning] says so much more than simple test scores but is also the reason our test scores are continuing to climb,” stated Gordon.

As ACE comes to the end of their 11th program year, the true value of the program can be seen through the ambitions of the 2018-2019 ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland Scholarship Award Recipients. Congratulations to the following students on their annual scholarships which will help support their advancement in their chosen career path with continued support from the ACE Program.

  1. Shelton Appling - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  2. Thomas Aston - $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  3. Kavon Black - $1,000 Trades Scholarship Recipient
  4. Percy Bradley - $200 Trades Scholarship Recipient
  5. Joshua Carr - $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  6. Khadazia Conner - $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  7. Nia Estrada - $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  8. Abel Fehn- $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  9. Amari Gambrell - $1,500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  10. Delonte Goodman - $2,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  11. Shelton Henry - $1,250 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  12. Ronald Kincaid - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  13. Junlong Kwan - $1,500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  14. John Lemus - $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  15. Mikhael Macon - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  16. Orlando Martinez - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  17. Christina McClain- $500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  18. Caleb Moore - $2,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  19. Jashua Phagoo - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  20. Felicity Reiland - $1,500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  21. Shekina Rodriguez - $1,500 Annual Scholarship Recipient
  22. Anthony Settles - $1,500 Trades Scholarship Recipient
  23. Latashana Smith - $1,000 Annual Scholarship Recipient

The ACE Program looks forward to continuing to support program graduates and to welcoming future and returning students to next year’s program. Through mentorship, ACE truly hopes to affect positive change in predominately African-American and minority neighborhoods in the Cleveland area. To donate or become involved in the ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland visit:

Chuck Fisher, President of Steel & Iron Contractors Association to Retire

Jun 6, 2019
Bob Hurley (Kelley Steel Erectors) and Chuck Fisher

Bob Hurley, newly elected President of the Steel & Iron Contractors Association ("S&ICA"), recently recognized Chuck Fisher for many years of service to the Association and industry. 

Mr. Fisher retires from The Ruhlin Company on June 28, concluding a 46-year career. He has served as the President of the S&ICA and as a CEA Board member for the past 10 years. At Ruhlin, Chuck is the Structural Division General Manager and has been a member of the Ruhlin team since 2006.

With a background in structural steel detailing, estimating, project management, scheduling, and cost control. Chuck’s vast experience with steel projects, combined with his management style and professional relationships have earned the confidence of owners and industry peers.

Chuck has performed work for both public and private owners, including long span bridges over navigable waterways, railroads, structural rehabilitation of major bridges, railroad bridges and movable bridges. Notable clients include the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, Huntington Bank, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway.

Chuck is very active with Iron Workers Local 17, serving on the Board of Trustees for the fringe benefit funds and the apprenticeship committee. He is also an active member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). 

Thank you, Chuck, for your years of dedication to the Association and the industry!

Trump and Dems Should fix Infrastructure and Stop Partisan Bickering

May 29, 2019

By Stephen Sandherr, Fox News

Watching the collapse of Wednesday’s planned infrastructure meeting between President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders, it’s easy to understand why so many voters are frustrated with Washington. Once again, we see our national leaders engaging in partisan bickering instead of addressing our nation’s real and pressing problems.

The breakdown of the infrastructure meeting is both bad policy and bad politics. In terms of policy, our aging and overburdened infrastructure is holding our economy back and hurting all Americans. And in terms of politics, voters reward politicians who fix infrastructure and punish those who do not."

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