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Construction management students schedule community service project

The Reese Construction Management Program students of Lamar University will participate in their spring 2011 service project on Saturday, April 9. The project will take place at Collier’s Ferry Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. where approximately 30 students will be constructing picnic tables and benches to enhance the park for the community.

This is the third year students from the construction management program have participated in service projects. Typically they plan one community project per semester. This is the second year the program has collaborated with the Beaumont Parks and Recreation Department, who has provided the funding and material for this project.

The students perform most all tasks involved in the construction project including the design, scheduling and cost estimating the project. The community project is a hands-on activity that prepares the students for the responsibilities of being in the construction management field.

“Construction is among the largest industries in the United States and starting salaries of construction managers are among the highest,” said Steve McCrary, director of the program. “Because construction is a broad field, covering residential, commercial, heavy/highway, and industrial/plant projects, the career opportunities in the industry are as varied as our students' interests.”

The construction management degree program provides vital preparation through valuable “hands on” experiences gained through classroom experience and through an intensive internship program. Through the courses offered at Lamar, employers will also be assured that graduates have a variety of important skills needed in the industry. For more information about the Reese Construction Management Program call Steve McCrary at 880-8916.