ACCE is a professional organization that provides accreditation for post secondary construction education programs. Refer to the following link for more information on ACCE:

ACCE

A list of the accredited construction programs can be found at the following two links:

ACCE Baccalaureate Programs

ACCE Associate Programs

You can also review the current happenings at ACCE at the newsletter link below:

November 2006 Newsletter

ISUI received the following email from Iowa State University regarding civil and construction engineering courses that are available online. If you are interested in the topics below and your current geographic location does not offer construction courses, you might want to check into these correspondence classes.

“Engineering Distance Education at Iowa State University is now offering 100% online courses and programs in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering! Spring 2007 registration is open now! Course descriptions can be found at http://www.ede.iastate.edu/courses.asp?sem=S07

New and exciting courses in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering include:

· Principles of Environmental Engineering (CE 326)

· Structural Analysis for Finite Elements (CE 542)

· Planning and Scheduling for Highway Construction (CE 594A)

· Cost Estimating for Highway Construction (CE 594C)

· Project Controls (CE 594E)

· Hazardous Waste Management (CE/EnSci 529)

For more details on these courses and the entire distance education offering, including costs, degree programs, and registration, please see our web site: http://www.ede.iastate.edu/sp/index.asp

Courses are delivered using web-based streaming media or CD-ROM. Most courses may be viewed live online as they are being taught on campus and all of the courses are archived and available for viewing around the clock for the entire semester.

We hope you will share this information with others in your organization that might benefit from these courses. We think they will find distance education from Iowa State’s College of Engineering to be of high quality, flexible, and convenient.

In late 1999, several representatives from academia and the construction industry convened a workshop at Stanford University to discuss the future of research and education in the construction industry. At the link below you can access several of the notes and white papers submitted for the workshop.

Although over seven years have passed since this workshop, the construction industry is still working to address several of the topics covered – check out the link below for additional information.

http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~tommelein/CEMworkshop.htm

ACE Mentor Program

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It is well known that one of the largest problems facing the construction industry is the labor shortage in both the trade and managerial ranks. One organization that is working to address this issue is the ACE Mentor Program. The ACE Mentoring Program is made up of several local chapters of construction professionals that provide mentoring to high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in construction.

 Per the ACE website,

“The ACE Mentor Program serves high school youth who are exploring careers in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering.

The mentors are professionals from leading design and construction firms who volunteer their time and energy.

The program is designed to engage, inform, and challenge youth”

Find out more about opportunities at your local ACE Chapter at:

http://www.acementor.org/main.php?section=states

I came across the following roster for the construction schools (C-Schools) that are registered to compete in the 20th Annual Student Competition and Construction Management Conference in Reno, NV from February 7th to 10th, 2007. This event includes many of the premiere construction schools in the Rocky Mountain Region (AK, AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) and Far West Region (CA, HI, OR, WA): 

http://www.asc67.org/teams.html

At Reno, there will be both national and regional construction problems that the students will be addressing. A construction firm sponsors each of these problems. Refer to the attached link for a list of the sponsors and the types of problems the students will be tackling:

http://www.asc67.org/sponsors.html

You will notice a few progressive topics included in the national problems, such as: BIM (Building Information Modeling), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and even a Marine Construction Problem.

Let me know what types of construction education topics you would me to cover / research, via the comments link below. Any comments are appreciated.