UACCM Readies Construction Technology Program for Spring Semester

man holding a clipboard in front of a construction site
Construction technology classes will begin in the spring semester. Registration is ongoing.

 
The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has launched a new program of study: construction technology. An expansion in UACCM’s technical studies division, the new program will be offered beginning the spring 2021 semester.

The construction technology program is a comprehensive program that provides students with a knowledge in construction fundamentals, carpentry, drywall, and masonry. Students train in a setting that emphasizes hands-on learning, the centerpiece of UACCM’s technical education, with the goal of directly entering the workforce after graduation.

The driving goal is to inject more skilled labor into the construction industry with knowledge about specific crafts, equipment, and safety standards. Students have the option to explore a 15-credit-hour certificate of proficiency or a 30-credit-hour technical certificate. Students who study construction technology can find jobs in a variety of construction-related positions ranging from a brick and stone mason to concrete finisher to a general contractor.

For students pursuing the technical certificate, students will take more courses on technical writing, business classes, and advanced carpentry. An internship in the field will also be available, enhancing the experience a student will gain upon graduation.

Introducing students to these higher concepts will lend to more opportunities on the job site—holding an in-depth knowledge of heavy equipment used in construction, understanding the application and distinction of construction materials, and being knowledgeable in highway construction. Technical certificate students will also take business classes aimed at professional development and supervisory management in UACCM’s business department.

The instruction of this program comes as UACCM has expanded its offerings in technical education and career-specific programs. In the fall 2020 semester, UACCM launched the dietary management program, the education required to be a certified dietary manager, and has reopened the collision repair and refinishing program, an education of repairing automotive vehicles after a significant accident. UACCM Workforce Development and Community Education has also introduced the heavy equipment operator training non-credit program—training students on how to operate anything from a backhoe to a bulldozer to an excavator.

For more information about construction technology program, visit uaccm.edu or contact Robert Keeton, dean of technical studies, at keeton@uaccm.edu.

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