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ACE Mentor Program Presentation and Scholarship Awards Night - Broward College

POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA - May 12, 2011 - Each year since the 2008-2009 school year, the ACE (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) Mentor Program of South Florida hosts a year end "Presentation and Scholarship Awards Night" to conclude the ACE Mentor Program for that school year. Students from Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin County schools come together to present projects they have worked on during the past year. Industry professionals and organizations, along with teachers and parents, come out to support the students. The event concludes with the scholarship award presentation.

This year, Current Builders awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Candice Kaler, a graduating senior at Plantation High School, who has participated in the ACE Mentor Program since 2008. Staci Thirlwell, then Assistant Project Manager for Current Builders, had been the ACE Team Leader at Plantation High School. "I am so happy to give Candice this scholarship," said Thirlwell, "she has grown so much since I first met her in 2008 and it has been an honor to be part of such an amazing program, one that truly impacts students and mentors." Candice plans to pursue a degree in Construction Project Management because of Staci's influence through the program. "I like what you do. I think it would be a lot of fun and is more like me," Kaler told Thirlwell after being awarded the scholarship.

Kaler's ACE group project focused on a new Student Union Addition, updating the existing library/media center to include a variety of new amenities. First floor additions include a pool and kept the media center. A second floor was added to the existing building with a theater and study hall; research, presentation, tutoring and reading rooms; a sky-lit reading area and a lounge/snack space. A gym, lounge, dining area and a game room extended to the new third floor addition.

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