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Terracon Awards $50K Grant to ACE Mentor Program of America

posted 02.27.2014

Olathe, Kan. and Fairfax, Va. – The ACE Mentor Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Terracon Foundation to help underwrite a national best practices conference for its 69 affiliates that provide free after school programs designed to reach high school students and encourage them to  pursue careers in  architecture, engineering, and construction.

Speaking about the National Partnership award, David R. Gaboury, P.E., President and CEO of Terracon, said, “We are very pleased to support the Ace Mentor Program. Its purpose and track record of success is contributing greatly to the future.”

The ACE conference will convene in Chicago on June 22-23. It is the first national gathering of affiliate leaders and mentors since 2008. They will share and discuss best practices related to fundraising, board development, and mentor recruitment, among other topics.

“ACE is honored to receive this generous grant,” said John Strock, ACE’s Executive Director. “ACE enjoys partnerships with many of the leading companies in the design/construction industry. We are delighted to add Terracon as an ACE supporter.”

Strock also noted, “ACE and Terracon operate branches and affiliates in many of the same locations. We hope to attract more Terracon employees to join the ranks of our 2,500 active mentors.”

The Terracon Foundation was established in 2008 to broaden the company’s corporate philanthropy initiatives. Consistent with Terracon’s Mission of Delivering Success for Employees, Clients, and Communities, the Terracon Foundation encourages employee support of their local nonprofit community organizations and universities.

Since inception, philanthropic gifts from the Terracon Foundation total more than $551,000. For further information about the Terracon Foundation, please visit:

About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit

About ACE

Founded in 1995, ACE currently operates in 69 affiliates covering 36 states and over 200 cities. This year, 8,000 students (70 percent minorities, 40 percent women) and almost 2,500 mentors (all practicing design/construction industry professionals) are participating in the 15-session after school program. Over $14 million in scholarships have been awarded. For more information, please visit

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