University City Partners exec to lead construction-focused mentoring program

Tobe Holmes, planning and development director for University City Partners, is leading a new chapter for the ACE Mentor Program, focused on getting high school students interested in construction, engineering and architecture-related careers.

It’s the sixth ACE Mentor chapter in Charlotte, and will be hosted by UNC Charlotte. The after-school program was founded in 2007, and it’s aiming to help students find careers and the construction industry address a growing shortage of skilled labor.

“As a planner and an urbanist, I’m excited to help establish a new ACE team that will introduce students to career opportunities in our field and forge a stronger bond between UNC Charlotte and our area high schools,” said Holmes, in a statement.

Here’s a description of the program and its goals: “Led by industry mentors, the program exposes students to real work environments and interactive, hands-on activities. With the construction industry facing an aging workforce and a scarcity of labor, ACE Charlotte seeks to engage and inspire the next generation of professionals.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo