P.A.C.E. Program Builds Future in Construction Industry

(February 4, 2014) -- On January 10, 2014, UTSA’s Department of Construction Science hosted 25 high school juniors, seniors, and their families from The Builders’ Exchange of Texas Pre-employment Architectural & Construction Exploration (P.A.C.E.) Program.

The P.A.C.E. Program is a fifteen-week (semester long) comprehensive overview of the construction industry and the career opportunities available to young people as they begin their journey in life. The program is designed as an extra-curricular activity in addition to their normal school work. Students attend weekly classes where they are exposed to a curriculum that teaches and enforces basic skills necessary for employment; an introduction to each trade through interaction with practicing professionals; and exposure to related college-level careers such as architecture, engineering and construction management.

Volunteers from all construction trades as well as architecture, engineering, and construction professionals are recruited to work with instructors. Through volunteer commitments and targeted curriculum, students who have completed this program are able to make educated decisions regarding a career within the industry.

UTSA’s Department of Construction Science hosts the last class of each semester at the UTSA Downtown campus as a celebration of the students’ success and appreciation of the industry volunteers. Several P.A.C.E. program graduates continued their education at UTSA as a Construction Science and Management major.

To read more on The Builder’s Exchange of Texas P.A.C.E. Program, visit paceprogramsa.org.

For more information on UTSA’s Department of Construction Science, visit construction.utsa.edu or send an email to construction@utsa.edu.