Promoting Careers In ACE

Build My Future – 2021

Watch the 2021 Build My Future Event from April!

0:03 – Building My Future
5:28 – Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association
9:23 – McCreedy-Ruth Construction, LLC
27:26 – MMS Consultants
46:30 – Hills Bank
48:23 – Hodge Construction Company
1:12:13 – Rinderknecht and Merit Construction
1:26:15 – ACE Portal Website
1:27:30 – National Housing Endowment
1:31:18 – Cabinet Works
1:44:45 – Kirkwood Driving Simulator
2:00:26 – Kirkwood Apprenticeship Programs
2:08:29 – Greater Cedar Rapids Housing and Building Association
2:11:51 – Martin Gardner Architecture and West Plains Engineering
2:28:45 – Martin Gardner Architecture
2:32:48 – Build My Future and ACE closing information

The ACE Sector Board, The National Housing Endowment, The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association and Cedar Rapids Home Builders Association welcome you in participating in the upcoming Virtual Build My Future Event on April 27, 2021!

Company activities will be professionally recorded and played during the Build My Future event.  A company rep will join us live to walk students through their activity, share trade tips and tricks and answer questions.

About Build My Future:

Build My Future is a national workforce development initiative started in Springfield, MO to highlight careers through hands on training provided by local employers, educators and skilled trades associations.

2019 was the 1st annual Build My Future- ACE event in the ICR region. Through this event 18 local companies, Kirkwood faculty and Skilled Trades Associations engaged 153 middle school students from 10 schools in hands on training in a wide range of activities including: roofing, siding, designing and building a tiny house, framing, hanging and mudding dry, plumbing, door hanging, GPS surveying, excavator and underground utilities, job site supervisor, Rebar tying, old methods v. new technologies, brick laying and many more.

Through these experiences the students not only learn about the craft behind a wide range of trades, they also engage in conversations with subject matter experts about what kind of training is needed, wages, working conditions/typical day, and opportunities within the industry.



Build My Future is free for students to attend. This event is for 7th and 8th grade students in the Benton, Washington, Linn, Jones, Johnson, Cedar and Iowa counties. Students may sign up through their school guidance counselor or by contacting Workplace Learning Connection Representative Cheryl Valenta at Early registration is strongly encouraged. Students will need a computer or device that allows access to YouTube live to watch activities videos and ask questions. A schedule of the day of events will be available by March 1, 2021.

COMPANIES – Activities and Sponsorships

We would love to have your partnership in this event! Without companies support, this event wouldn’t be possible and some of these kids may never experience your trade first hand.


Due to the virtual nature of this event, activities will be professionally videoed and edited on March 4, 2021 at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center (location subject to change). Each company will have 40 minutes maximum for their video. All video times will be coordinated by Kylie Gudenkauf and TMK Video Productions. These videos will be played for students on April 27, 2021 where your selected company rep will join the live event to explain your activity, share trade tips and tricks and answers student’s questions live.


  • Complete the Registration Form (attached below) and submit with check to the ACE Sector Board by February 19, 2021- Early sign up is strongly encouraged due to limited capacity. 
  • Show up prepared for your video meeting – Kylie will provide you with a meeting invite after you register.
  • Attend the Virtual Build My Future Event on April 27, 2021 to share tips and tricks as well as students questions live.

Specific information and a zoom link will be sent out to your selected company rep.

We recognize that your time and supplies to support this event come at a cost. As a thank you for supporting this event and providing this experience to these students, there is no booth fee. We do encourage sponsorship of the event which will include your company logo being featured on the portal and on marketing materials.

If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact Kylie Gudenkauf at

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Cabinet Works
Martin Gardner Architecture
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