Mentoring the Next Generation

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The Lighting Practce is a Proud Mentor in the ACE Mentorship Program

Each of us at The Lighting Practice remembers the moment we found our passion for lighting and the A/E/C (architecture, engineering, construction) industry. As a prominent lighting design firm both locally and nationally, it is our privilege and duty to share that passion with the next generation of designers. The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania is one way our team welcomes young people into the field.

This year, three TLP project managers, Matt Fracassini, Pomme Lee, and Lillian Knoerzer, are proudly participating in the ACE Mentor Program, which gives local high school students the opportunity to learn more about careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

“ACE has been really gratifying for me,” Lillian said. “It’s been interesting talking with students to find out what drew them to the program and sharing my knowledge of the industry. I love helping students learn something new, like how to use an architectural scale, then watching their excitement as they apply their new skills to the real world.”

The ACE Mentor Program works with about 300 students from 30 Philadelphia-area high schools and 150 students in the Montgomery County suburbs. From November through May, experienced A/E/C professionals lead students in insightful after-school activities including trips to in-progress construction sites, discussions with project managers, and team projects that address real-life situations.

The ACE Mentor Program hosts a variety of fun events, such as the Giant Jenga Tournament on February 15, 2018. Forty teams (including TLP) are competing in the tournament this year. Proceeds will go to scholarships for high school students and ACE alumni in A/E/C-related career paths. The winner will name the scholarship presented at the 17th Annual ACE Scholarship Breakfast on May 23, 2018.