Career and Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County

Nease Engineering Academy Students take part in ACE’s Celebrating Diversity Event at UNF

Nease High School’s Stellar Academy of Engineering Juniors and Seniors were invited to take part in the “ACE: Celebrating Diversity in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry” event, recently held at the University of North Florida.  This initiative brought together students from several area schools and included a look around the UNF College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, some one-on-one time with UNF professors, a catered lunch, and a panel discussion.  Our students had the opportunity to hear from professors in the Construction Management major at UNF, and learned its ties to civil engineering.  Students were also surprised to learn that engineers who enter the workforce in construction management can make a higher starting salary than those who enter as civil engineers.  After some question and answer time, students got to tour several labs offered in the Engineering and Construction building, and then headed over to the student union ballroom for lunch and the panel discussion.  The panel included professionals from diverse backgrounds who represented different sectors of the architecture, construction, and engineering industries.  It was a wonderful chance for our students to learn about the many paths to success, and opportunities to overcome obstacles, that await them in their professional future.