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School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training the next generation of managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.

The new School of Concrete and Construction Management unites the university’s pioneering concrete program with a construction management counterpart, according to a recent announcement.

MTSU photo / Andy Heidt

The new school, located in Murfreesboro, TN, now has 310 majors. School Director Heather Brown is shown above.

When it launched 20 years ago, the MTSU Concrete Industry Management program was the first of its kind in the country. The trail-blazing program has been nationally recognized and now includes residential land development and commercial construction components.

The new school, located in Murfreesboro, TN, now has 310 majors.

‘A New Standard’

The merger establishes “a new standard for concrete and construction education, research and outreach, confirm our reputation for innovation and creativity and make Middle Tennessee State University a destination for students interested in an applied science education with a focus on the built environment,” said MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer.

Fischer, who has been the school’s dean since 2012, led the vision to merge the programs.

Industry Recognition

The program was lauded by Franklin, TN-based Skanska USA. The construction company sponsored a reception for the program Dec. 8 in Nashville.

“Skanska congratulates MTSU on the merger of their concrete, commercial and residential construction programs under one school,” said Joey Hatch, executive vice president for Skanska.

“This new collaboration will increase synergy between the combined advisory boards, allow MTSU to gain more recognition from the increased student population of the total program and provide companies like Skanska the opportunity to recruit from a larger pool of local graduates with a more well-rounded education.”

Program Data

As of August 2016, MTSU department data showed 8.4 job opportunities per each graduating MTSU concrete major, and average salaries between $43,000 and $51,000, according to the university.

Commercial construction has been very successful at placing graduates since 2010, with nearly 100 percent job placement, officials noted.

Further, electrical construction management is the only bachelor’s degree in the country that allows electrical apprentices to complete a college degree while gaining experience in electrical construction, School Director Heather Brown stated.

Students enrolled in the program have also been recognized in competitions by the National Association of Homebuilders Student Chapters.

More information: http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/concrete-industry/ and http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/construction/.


Tagged categories: concrete; Construction; Education; Project Management; Research and development; Worker training

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