FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2023
ACE Electric, Inc. Named as an ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner
ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce ACE Electric, Inc. as an ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner. The Business-Education Partnership Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of schools and businesses that aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships supporting high-quality career and technical education (CTE).
The ACE Electric and Lowndes High School Worked-Based Learning partnership was designed to address a critical labor shortage faced by ACE Electric in the Commercial and Electrical Construction industry. This labor shortage was exacerbated by the average employee age steadily increasing over the last decade with many retirements, and a lack of student awareness and recruiting in the electrical contracting trade. In short, Ace’s high school internship program, AMPED, was formed out of necessity.
The problem faced by Lowndes High School Work-Based Learning & Youth Apprenticeship was the lack of robust placements for students in the construction and electrical industries. The problem local technical schools faced was increasing dual enrollment opportunities and demonstrating responsiveness to each community’s needs.
The result of this partnership was as intended. A talent pipeline was developed from Lowndes High School through the Work-Based Learning program to ACE Electric; to address a critical labor shortage. This was accomplished by providing early access to talent resulting in a local employer gaining a competitive advantage to retain said talent. This talent was invested in further by our post-secondary institution, which provided the credentialing necessary to register these students not only as Youth Apprentices but also as Registered Apprentices with the Department of Labor.
ACE Electric, Inc. will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on November 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET, at the annual ACTE Awards Gala. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Gala, visit http://www.acteonline.org/awards.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources,