ECS Partners With Houston’s ACE Mentor Program


Square graphic with a Houston skyline in the lower right corner and ECS logo.HOUSTON, TX, April 2024 – ECS Group of Companies (ECS), a leader in geotechnical, construction materials, environmental and facilities engineering, proudly announces a partnership with the ACE Mentor Program in Houston, TX, a local partner of the ACE Mentor Program of America. The program’s goal is to inspire high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

The partnership between ECS and ACE Houston began with a vision to empower, inspire and influence students to pursue opportunities in the AEC industry. Carrie Arnold-Gutierrez, founder of ACE Houston, established the Houston chapter in 2008. Despite challenges and disruption caused by Hurricane Ike, the program served its first class of students in 2009. Since then, ACE Houston has grown to five mentoring locations with a network of more than 100 mentors serving more than 200 students weekly.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ACE Mentor Program Houston,” says Jordan Parker, ACE board member and upcoming fundraising committee chair appointee. “ECS’ core values of collaborate, focus and lead shine bright through the sponsorship and participation in ACE Houston; we take pride knowing we are contributing to the development of future leaders in the AEC industry.”

One of the program’s recognition programs awards a student with the CMiC Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship. Each ACE affiliate can submit a student for the CMiC scholarship. A Houston ACE Mentor Program student was recently awarded a $32,000 CMiC scholarship accompanied by an additional $45,000 of ACE-awarded scholarships. Many of these scholarships are the deciding factor whether a student can pursue a college education.

Reflecting on ECS’ commitment to support ACE Houston’s initiatives, the firm is excited to contribute to the ACE Houston Student Design competition. As we empower the next generation of architecture, engineering and construction leaders, we could not do it without the continued support from our exemplary staff.

For those interested in supporting the ACE Mentor Program, visit the ACE Houston Sponsorship Page.

For more information about the ACE Mentor Program and opportunities to get involved, visit the ACE Mentor Program Get Involved Page.


About ECS

ECS Group of Companies (ECS) was founded in 1988 with the goal to raise the standards of professional engineering consulting. Today, we are a leader in geotechnical, construction materials, environmental and facilities consulting services. We are employee-owned with more than 2,500 employees in 80+ offices and testing facilities across the United States. ECS is currently ranked #61 in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms (ENR, April 2023), #131 in Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms (ENR, July 2023) and #2 in Zweig Group Hot Firms (Zweig, June 2023). For additional information about ECS, visit:

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