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PBS Team Reaches Out To Mentor Students
June 24, 2014
PBS employees have joined in a mentoring effort in support of the ACE Mentor Program and recently met with students from William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ.
ACE’s (standing for Architecture/Construction/Engineering) goal is to inform and encourage students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring. One of the biggest challenges facing high school students is not just selecting a college, but also choosing a field of study for a future career.
Supporting this effort, a GSA team worked to develop an agenda for students that would approach the three career areas ACE supports from the perspective that it’s not necessarily what you might think it is. For example, GSA’s key properties in lower Manhattan also demonstrate exceptional landscape design, historic preservation, art installations and urban archaeology that have impacted GSA projects at these buildings - not topics students might readily connect with these careers.
“Our Northeast and Caribbean Region has the ability to provide access to great buildings with great stories.” said David Anthone, regional historic preservation officer. “These offer great opportunities to tangibly demonstrate to students that the fields of architecture, construction and engineering are definitely not always what you might think they are.” In developing an agenda for the students from Jersey City and additional student groups as they continue the outreach effort, the GSA team is also partnering with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to discuss historic preservation issues at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse and the National Park Service to discuss the discovery of the African Burial Ground during pre-construction work at the Ted Weiss Federal Office Building. The completed plaza project at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building provided for a discussion on landscape architecture, and almost all GSA facilities also incorporate art installations through GSA’s Art in Architecture Program.