After years of hard work by area representatives, administration, faculty, PSU alumni and corporate partners, funding for a new School of Construction at PSU has finally been secured. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the plans for the school in 2007, but funding has been stymied by state budget concerns until this spring, when legislators approved $750,000 for the School with the caveat that the university match it dollar-for-dollar.
The School of Construction will be part of the College of Technology, and located within the Kansas Technology Center.
As proposed, the plan will:
• Expand the Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technology programs
• Expand the bachelor of applied science degree program in construction with the goal of establishing numerous 2+2 agreements with community and technical colleges that offer construction related AAS programs
• Create a new bachelor of science degree program in safety, health and environmental technology.
In addition, future academic programs that could be added include a possible bachelor of science degree program in land surveying, cooperative minors with Automotive Technology in heavy/diesel equipment in construction, cooperative minors in various construction areas such as mechanical/plumbing, electrical and civil construction, and certificate programs developed jointly with regional community colleges in an effort to enhance workforce development in skilled craftspersons for the construction industry.
A third component of the plan is the establishment of the Kansas Center for Construction Advancement. The center will focus on K-12, community college and technical college engagement and also on construction industry professional workshops and continuing education programs.
The legislature’s action will help ensure an increase in the number of qualified construction professionals for the construction and construction related industries. Other benefits will include establishment of the first safety, health and environmental management program for the State of Kansas and a location for Kansas contractors to send their employees to enhance their skills. In addition, a School of Construction will bring increased interaction between and support for K-12, community and technical colleges and the PSU baccalaureate construction program.