August 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New director selected for ACE Academy
The Board of Directors for the Oregon Building Congress (OBC) Academy for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering has selected Mike Bryant as ACE Academy’s next director. Bryant has more than 10 years of teaching experience in Career and Technical Education. He taught construction and business/computer applications at the high school level. At the college level, Bryant spent several years working as a computer aided drafting instructor.
“Mike Bryant brings to the director position the perfect mix of dedication, unlimited enthusiasm, and a love for teaching young people,” said ACE Academy Board President Dale Campbell. “His strong career and technical education background will allow him to hit the ground running.”
In addition to his work in education, Bryant has managed his own construction company and holds a general contractor license from the state of Oregon.
Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational technology education from the University of Northern Arizona. He earned his master’s in educational leadership from Lewis and Clark College. The Association of Technology Educators of Oregon named him Teacher of the Year in 2009. Bryant replaces Mike Taylor, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
“Bryant joins a talented staff at ACE Academy,” said Gresham-Barlow School District Superintendent Jim Schlachter, who also serves on the academy’s board of directors. “I am confident his leadership will take the school to the next level as it continues to grow and mature.”
The OBC Academy for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) is a tuition-free charter high school sponsored by the Oregon Building Congress in partnership with Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, and Reynolds School Districts. ACE opened in the fall of 2008. ACE is a shared-time program for eleventh and twelfth grade students. Its student body is comprised of learners from the sponsoring school districts, neighboring high schools, and home schools. ACE offers a math, science, English, and technical skills curriculum in the design-build industry delivered in an integrated, hands-on setting. Industry partnerships are integral to students' experiences at ACE.