ACE has strong partnerships with leaders in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. Our partners assist in the development of curriculum, directly engage with students, and provide our students access to internships, on-site training, post-secondary education programs, and job opportunities.

Associated General Contractors

AGC-New Mexico Building Branch led the development of ACE Leadership High School, which aligns with AGC’s national education agenda and the Obama administration’s school reform initiative.

The unique public-private partnership with AGC and its powerful network of industry leaders creates vital mentorship support to students and unparalleled career opportunities for all ACE Leadership graduates. Through ACE Leadership High School, AGC and its members are investing in the future leaders of the construction profession. 






Central New Mexico Community College

With this valued community educational partner, ACE students are taking dual-credit courses and are enrolled in a variety of programs offered on the CNM  campuses.  CNM is also a partner in offering a pre-apprenticeship program to ACE students in collaboration with the Associated General Contractors of New Mexico.




Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) is an award-winning design firm with expertise in architecture, interiors, planning, structural engineering, and landscape architecture. D/P/S is a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, with a 50-year portfolio of education, healthcare, commercial, civic and mixed use projects.

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

Eagle Rock High School Professional Development Center is a critical partner for ACE Leadership. The organization is highly skilled at providing technical assistance to small high schools. Their work is focused on overall instructional and organizational leadership in addition to effective professional development and support for staff.  Eagle Rock has acts as a “critical friend” to ensure that the programs at the school and the development of its faculty is the highest caliber possible. The formal relationship with the Center began in July 2009 during the prototype session held in Albuquerque.

Jaynes Corporation

The Jaynes Companies is the parent company for three commercial construction companies located in four states throughout the Southwest.  Jaynes is a nationally respected regional general contractor with extensive construction experience in commercial, healthcare, retail, education, hospitality, warehouse and distribution, local, state and federal government buildings, multi-family, structural concrete and pre-engineered

building projects.

JB Henderson

J. B. Henderson Construction Company, Inc., is a General/Mechanical Contractor that deliver the highest quality and best value to their customers by integrating teamwork, dedicated project management, and outstanding craftsmanship. They create a desirable workplace, an injury-free environment and good jobs through equal opportunity. Their core values are quality, safety, honesty and integrity.

Kubik Perspectives

Tim Kubik of Kubik Perspectives has provided consulting and worked with ACE Leadership High School to develop and support our project-based learning (PBL) curriculum model since the school’s founding.  Tim brings his expertise in professional development and curriculum and assessment design to his work with ACE Leadership to help teachers create learning experiences that reach students where they are, and gets them where they want to go.


Larry Myatt of Education Resources Consortium

Larry Myatt of Education Resources Consortium has had an ongoing consulting relationship with the ACE Leadership founders for the past 10 years. He is a nationally known expert in small school development with a particular expertise in creating options for students with high potential but limited opportunity to succeed. He has worked with the school to develop a support platform that ensures that high academic expectations are met with high levels of social and emotional support.


New Mexico Building Education Foundation

The Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization created for the purposes of gathering and disseminating resources for career and workforce development initiatives, for establishing and operating the AGC-NM Career Center and for leading the development of the AGC-NM infrastructure network.

SMPC Architects

SMPC Architects, a professional corporation established in 1944, is an architecture, planning, landscaping, and interior design firm providing services throughout the Southwest. SMPC has a record of successful service in a wide variety of building types, including healthcare, high-tech research and development, education/institutional, commercial, civic, and religious.


University of New Mexico

Through numerous programs and departments, ACE Leadership has developed a very rich partnership with the University of New Mexico.  ACE students are enrolled in dual-credit classes through the Engineering School, have been mentored by and traveled to China with members of the UNM Solar Decathlon Team from the Architecture and Engineering programs, and have participated in events with the Student AGC Chapter at UNM.   Such opportunities allow our students to experience aspects of college academics and broaden their educational foundation.



Yearout Mechanical

Yearout Mechanical, Inc. is a New Mexico based company specializing in the installation of mechanical and process systems for the commercial, government, manufacturing and industrial communities of New Mexico. Since incorporation in 1964, Yearout Mechanical, Inc. has consistently grown and expanded its capabilities, reaching its present position as the premier mechanical contractor in New Mexico.

Pop Up Playground

On October 24th ACE Leadership and NMASLA  (New Mexico American Society of Landscape Architects) held the first Pop-Up Playground in New Mexico at ACE Leadership High School. A Pop-Up Playground is a one-day event during which community members come together to provide children with an opportunity for free play.

The event drew 130 participants and 60 volunteers for a day of creativity and community. Participants received safety training in the use of tools and building materials and were set free to construct their own playground. The event demonstrates that a playground is not merely a series of slides and platforms, but rather a space where community members can unite to inspire and learn from each other.

Children of all ages pitched in and constructed the playground to show what is possible in a community. The success of the event brought attention to important issues related to distribution and availability of public and recreational open space, equal access to play environments, and a community’s ability to affect positive change and improve access to these opportunities within their neighborhoods.

The mission of the Pop-Up Playground movement is that “(…) children have the right to play as they please, and that a place that supports children’s play benefits everyone.”

While this Pop-Up Playground was the first of its kind in NM, it certainly will not be its last.

Sawmill Community Land Trust Day of Service

ACE students and staff, members of the Sawmill Community, and employees of ConocoPhillips participated in a day of service to help the development of the Sawmill Land Trust community garden. Garden beds were built, trees planted, and the acequia cleaned in preparation for the new community garden site.

2015 Advocacy Day and BIke Tour in Santa Fe

ACE Leadership High School students traveled to Santa Fe for the 2015 Advocacy Day. Students toured the State capital Building, met with Senators and participated in a bike tour of the city. This was all in conjunction with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the New Mexico “Complete Streets” Initiative. The initiative pushes for better integrated street design taking pedestrian/cyclist accommodations and considerations into account. ACE represented well and even met with Senator Cisco McSorely to discuss the initiative.

ISAE/Albuquerque Museum Arts Collection

As part of an international arts festival, ACE students worked with two artists from Europe, staff at the Albuquerque Museum, and fine art students from UNM to explore topics of place, community, society, the built environment and technology over a two week period.  This work culminated in an installation created for the ISAE arts festival and hung in the Albuquerque Museum.

Sawmill Neighborhood Home Improvements

ACE students have tackled a series of home improvement projects for several of our Sawmill neighbors. Projects have included installing a yard fence, constructing a wheel chair ramp, and interior and exterior painting.  Such work allows students to manage projects, create budgets, work with clients, and build relationships with our immediate neighbors.

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