Ivy Tech incorporates industry-recognized certifications into construction curriculum

Ivy Tech Community College’s Building Construction Technology program will take new shape by incorporating industry certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, a non-profit organization that issues internationally recognized certifications.

Starting this Fall, every class in the new construction program will prepare students for a national certification.

“There’s a constant cry from industry that there’s a shortage of skilled labor for construction,” says Ryan Voorhees, the College’s statewide curriculum chair for Building Construction Technology. “The benefit to our students is they’re getting multiple industry-recognized certifications.”

By 2018, construction and manufacturing fields will have nearly 8 million job openings, and 20 percent of the country’s construction workforce will retire in the next two to four years.

“Once a week, I get an email from employers looking for one or two or three candidates,” Voorhees says. “We’re trying to stay ahead of the tidal wave by improving our program and raising our bar so we’re producing higher quality candidates. So when employers call, I can say, ‘I have 10 students with this certification who would be a perfect fit for your company.’”

The program will offer three related certificates and technical certificates: carpentry, electrical, and construction management. Students in Ivy Tech’s associate degree program for building construction technology will need to select one of those three concentrations as their major. All technical certificate courses transfer directly into the associate degree.

To learn more about the new program, visit IvyTech.edu/construction-technology.

In addition, the College’s other construction-related program, Building Construction Management, will offer seven online courses beginning fall 2015. These classes will allow students to work toward their associate degrees without having to leave the comfort of their homes.

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