ACES: Encouraging LA Students to Explore STEAM Careers
The Architecture, Construction and Engineering Students (ACES) Pathway Program encourages high school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Currently, six high schools participate in ACES, with nearly 400 students enrolled in the program.
ACES improves educational achievement and removes barriers to higher education by co-enrolling high school students in community college courses in STEAM fields. The credits they earn are transferable to campuses within the California State University and University of California systems. In addition, ACES offers those students paid summer internships that pave the way for secure employment in well-paid careers by providing hands-on work experience alongside industry professionals.
The Program not only addresses the gender gap in STEAM (female students make up 40 percent of participants), it also removes financial barriers to higher education and job training by providing students with related necessities, from proper work gear to various training and enrollment fees.