The Reese Construction Management Program has recently become nationally accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

“The Reese Construction Management Program was evaluated with regards to its organization and administration, continuous improvement, curriculum, faculty, staff, students, facilities, services and relations with key members of industry,” said Steven McCrary, director of the Reese Construction Management Program.

The Reese Construction Management Program is one of 110 four-year construction management programs in the nation and one of 74 with accreditation from ACCE, itself accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The program will hold ACCE accreditation for five years.

“Accreditation is a substantial undertaking and requires that organizations first have one class of construction management graduates and then self-evaluate their programs in terms of stringent industry standards of content and quality,” McCrary said. “Accreditation is an ongoing process of assurance of a program’s content and quality management.”

Part of the College of Business, the Reese Construction Management Program was originally formed in 2008 with a generous donation from Sheila and Jerry Reese as part of Lamar University’s Investing in the Future campaign to address the growing demand for construction managers. The program provides both a bachelor’s degree and hands-on experience and has a 100 percent placement rate of graduates in industry-related jobs.

“Since the majority of large-scale construction projects in Southeast Texas remain in the commercial or industrial fields, any time this market sees an increase in one or the other industries, experienced construction managers will be in high demand,” McCrary said. “Extensive, hands-on education plus a required internship make our graduates competitive in the marketplace.”

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