For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Dale Stowell, Director College Relations
(253) 964-6780, firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction industry representatives have partnered with Pierce College faculty and staff to develop a two-year associate degree in Construction Management. The program is designed for individuals already in the construction trades or who want to enter this growth industry of construction management, supervision and project management.
The industry is nationally designated as a High Growth Job Training Initiative with a projected increase between 2002 and 2012 of one million new jobs. “Pierce College’s Construction Management degree program is just what the industry needs at a time when construction managers are in high demand nationally,” says Peter Guzman, City of Tacoma LEAP Coordinator.
Locally, The News Tribune named construction management as one of Pierce County’s top 10 highest-paid jobs, and one of the top 5 hot jobs for occupations expected to be in demand in Pierce County through 2012 in an article dated Dec. 11.
As the workforce reaches retirement, younger workers are needed. Pierce will help prepare individuals for these positions.
Classes are offered evenings, weekends and online to meet the needs of working adults. A new, Introduction to Construction Industry course starts winter quarter, Wednesday evenings through March 15 at the Fort Steilacoom campus.
“Young men and women graduating from this program will have a definite edge in hire-ability,” says Brad Sayre, VP Pre-construction, Absher Construction Co. “They will enter the marketplace with all the necessary skills to begin a career in Construction Management and managers is one of the areas of high need.”
External partnerships have played a vital role in the creation of this new degree. Through the entire development process, Pierce worked with industry partners with company representatives from Absher, Rushforth, Korsmo, Merit, Association of General Contractors (AGC), SW Washington Electrical, J.A.T.C., labor organizations, K-12 programs, regional community and technical programs and four-year universities. The perspective of each partner has been a valuable resource and has brought industry perspective to program development.
“As a Pierce College Graduate and a construction industry advocate, I feel…the new program…will help fill a void for new workers in the industry,” says Bob Streleski, Senior Project Manager, Rushforth Construction Co., Inc. Streleski participated in the program development.
“Overseeing the Local Employment and Apprenticeship Training program for the City of Tacoma, I have seen the demand for construction managers increase on our public works construction projects,” says Guzman. “As a result, I chose to participate in Pierce College’s development of a Construction Management degree program. It’s a ‘win, win’ situation for all parties involved.”
For more information call (253) 964-6712.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive SW.