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National Architecture Week



In honor of National Architecture Week, we want to highlight George Mandrik and his involvement in the ACE Mentorship Program of the Ozarks. As we celebrate the architectural profession and its profound impact on our lives, it's crucial to acknowledge individuals like George who are actively shaping the future of the industry through mentorship and education. George's commitment to the ACE Mentor Program exemplifies the spirit of giving back and nurturing the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction professionals.


The ACE Mentor Program of America, founded in 1994, serves as a beacon of opportunity for high school students aspiring to explore careers in the AEC field. Through a no-cost after-school program, ACE connects students with seasoned experts from the industry, providing them with invaluable mentorship, guidance, and hands-on experience.


At the core of ACE's mission are engagement, excitement, and enlightenment. Through mentoring and continued support, ACE endeavors to inspire students to pursue careers in the AEC field. The program prioritizes building a diverse and prepared workforce, while also providing avenues for scholarships, internships, and mentorship.


George's involvement with the ACE Mentor Program of the Ozarks exemplifies the spirit of giving back to the architectural industry. As a board member, he spearheads events and fundraising initiatives, working collaboratively with fellow members to advance the program's objectives. His monthly meetings with the board serve as a platform for strategic discussions, ensuring the program remains robust and impactful.


When asked about his involvement with the ACE board, George shared, “As a father of four, child education is a topic that is very important to me. I want to see kids in our community succeed and promote growth. Serving as a board member for the ACE Mentorship Program of the Ozarks provides an opportunity to give back to the community in a way that supports both my industry and my personal values.”


In essence, George's dedication mirrors the ethos of the ACE Mentor Program—empowering youth, fostering diversity, and shaping the future of the AEC industry. As we celebrate National Architecture Week, let us reaffirm our commitment to nurturing talent and building a more inclusive and vibrant architectural community, one mentorship at a time.

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