PCL is proud to be a national sponsor of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring program. The mission of the program is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
The program has helped thousands of young people, like current PCL engineer Thai Nguyen, onto the path toward a career in the construction industry.
Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Nguyen’s family had been forced to flee their home in South Vietnam as the conflict with North Vietnam escalated. In 1987, the Nguyen family was offered US visas and the opportunity to become US citizens. The family soon moved to Los Angeles, where Nguyen became a part of the inaugural ACE Mentor class at John Marshall High School in 2002.
EXPLAINING THE BUSINESS
“One of my first ACE sessions included a field trip to a local engineering firm,” said Nguyen. “I remember initially thinking that I have no idea what they’re talking about, but I really liked the results that were reflected in the pictures of bridges and buildings. The mentors were great and found ways to explain the business in a way that we could understand.”
By the end of his senior year, he had decided to attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to study construction management.
During his schooling, he interned for PCL Construction. After graduating in June 2008 with a degree in construction management, Nguyen accepted a position with PCL. When asked how the job is going, he enthusiastically replied, “I love it.”