On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Chamblee Charter High School hosted the second weekly meeting of the sixteen-week ACE Mentor Program. The 23 students in attendance were treated to the experiences of two Architects from Wakefield Beasley & Associates. Mr. Troy Tueller and Mr. Courtney Morrison shared what inspired them to become Architects, some of the challenges they faced on the journey, and details of what the job entails on a day to day basis. Mr. Tueller and Mr. Morrison stressed the importance of presentation skills and clear communication- verbal, written, & visual. They emphasized the importance of Work ethic, persistence, perseverance, and strength of character when working to provide solutions to their clients’ needs.

The Architects then guided the students through the beginning creative processes with an exercise to develop a guiding theme for their project which will be a culminating activity of the ACE Mentoring Program. The CTAE department (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) was delighted to host the program at Chamblee. It is a phenomenal opportunity for high school students to gain a clear understanding of their career options in the fields of Architecture, Construction Management, and Structural Engineering. The hands-on nature of the program, relationships with the professionals in the fields, and exposure through site visits will provide meaningful and possibly life-changing experiences for the problem-solvers of tomorrow.

Stay tuned for more information as students progress through the program. You can find more information on the ACE program by clicking here. It is a national program dedicated to helping students clarify & define their career path journey.