By WENDY HOLDREN
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Starting this fall, WVU Tech will offer a bachelor’s degree program in construction management — the only four-year degree of its kind in the state.
The new program will train students to be technically competent, safety-focused and quality-centered construction practitioners. Students will learn construction methods, operations, law and safety, producing graduates ready to find work as project managers, coordinators, estimators, construction superintendents and other vital roles within the construction industry.
Dr. Zeljko “Z” Torbica, dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences at WVU Tech, said the program will create capable construction and building professionals who have both field skills and business acumen.
“There are technical components that will give them a strong foundation in construction, plus business courses in everything from economics to business finance,” Torbica said. “Students will also learn alongside faculty with practical construction management experience in a hands-on, project-focused curriculum. Because of the way the program is structured, they will start in the core courses — the real construction management material — in their very first semester.”
Campus President Carolyn Long said the program is the first in a series of academic offerings geared toward the unique economic landscape and personality of West Virginia.
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