ACE Leadership High School Celebrates Grand Opening

Project-Based Learning to Provide Unprecedented Opportunity for Careers in Construction

Albuquerque, New Mexico- The Associated General Contractors of New Mexico celebrated the grand opening of its new charter school - ACE Leadership High School - on August 25, 2010.  A free, state-authorized public charter school located in Old Town, ACE Leadership is taking a new approach to education that will successfully transition every graduate into a career or college. 

ACE Leadership Faculty and StudentsAGC of America President Ted Aadland, who traveled to Albuquerque for the launch of the school, said, “In preparing students to meet the challenges of tomorrow, this school will teach them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers today.  By giving students an opportunity to master skills that will earn them rewarding careers, this education program can serve as a model nationwide.”

Lt. Governor Diane Denish stated, “ACE Leadership is the reason we have public charter schools in our state - because innovation is the key to our future.  This school represents the perfect convergence of the public and private interests, ensuring a bright future for all of us when successful partnerships like this take hold.”

ACE Students Working on a ProjectWith its project-based learning approach, ACE Leadership has attracted the support of national education reform leaders who were also in attendance including Buck Institute for Education Executive Director John Mergendoller, Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center Director of Professional Development Michael Soguero, and Northeastern University Senior Fellow for Leadership and Education Ventures Larry Myatt.   

“ACE Leadership is a direct response to AGC members’ needs,” stated Maria Guy, vice president of operations support for JB Henderson Construction and president of the ACE Leadership Board of Directors.  “Even during this tough economic climate, our members have been visionary in the creation of this school which offers a vital solution to our future workforce needs.”

Members of AGC’s Construction Leadership Council, comprised of emerging leaders in the construction profession, were instrumental in the development of the school’s curriculum.  As a result ACE Leadership graduates will have the ability to successfully respond to the real-world needs of these challenging professions and will be in high demand for strong career opportunities.

Read Albuquerque Journal article about ACE Leadership 

Read New Mexico Business Weekly article about ACE Leadership

Visit the ACE Leadership High School website to learn more.


Contact: Mara Holguin  505.842-1462                                                                             

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