Approximately 10 faculty and several graduate assistants within the Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies completed certification training with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) at the beginning of the 2010 academic year.

NCCER is a nationally recognized construction education program that includes curriculums in various trades as well as safety, surveying, and project management. Respected by many large construction companies in the Midwest, certification in the program gives graduates an edge.

“It’s an education they can keep building on,” said CMCET professor Joe Levens, who presented the certification training to faculty. “It makes their employability go up. So many programs are built on this foundation.”

The training was made possible in part by a $400,000 congressionally directed grant that was awarded to the College of Technology by the U.S. Department of Education. The money was awarded in response to PSU’s well-received proposals for funding to ultimately create a School of Construction.

In addition to the NCCER training, the grant provided summer salaries to CMCET professors, who used this time to improve curriculum and develop new curriculum and laboratories. The department has also used the funds to purchase HVAC and estimating equipment, as well as a Nuclear Density Gauge, a machine that tests the density of objects and substances such as soil and asphalt. The grant also provides funding for faculty development and the purchase of a 3D laser scanner.