Two Highland Students Earn Carhartt Coats

February 7, 2018

On January 24th, 2018, two Highland High School seniors were recognized for their completion of the ACE Program with a unique gift, Carhartt Jackets, donated by Hills Bank and Trust. The ACE Program is a series of classes that take students through the different levels of architecture, construction and engineering. Also, these two students had the unique opportunity of taking dual credit courses with Kirkwood Community College. The dual credit course Architecture Plans and Specifications awards two certificates, one from the Home Builders of Iowa and another from The Building Pros of Eastern Iowa, that states the students have completed basic requirements for reading and interpreting residential and commercial drawings. Upon graduation, the students in this program have the basic skills to enter the job market. Jacob Bustillos and Jacob Rossman, have completed all of the ACE classes throughout their high school careers. Bustillo will be going into the construction industry and Rossman is looking into engineering field.

This could not have happened without industry partners. Hills Bank and Trust have been involved throughout the years. They have opened their doors during construction of their Washington-area bank for the students to take tours of how the building was built. Hills Bank and Trust has also helped sponsor the ACE website ( and generously given seniors completing the ACE Program a Carhartt jacket to help them in their career in the construction and technology industry.

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