June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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Development of Effective Extracurricular Construction Technology Education Programs for University and Industry CollaborationsCollegiate level construction engineering and management education has been significantlygrowing in recent decades as the construction industry keeps increasing demands for qualifiedentry level construction managers who receive college level construction education. Theconstruction industry aims to hire ready-to-work students with strong fundamental constructionknowledge and appropriate practical skill sets including internship experience and extracurricularprograms. The fundamental construction knowledge curriculum is well drafted in mostconstruction programs, but the practical skill set is not sufficient. Therefore, many constructionprograms now require several credits of official internship as a part of the program requirements.However, practical implementation of extracurricular programs has not been effectivelystructured in many construction programs mainly due to lack of university-industry collaboration,missing guidance of best practices, and insufficient level of student interest. Extracurricularprograms such as living lab concept, supporting professional engineering service, and trainingneed a strong collaborative relationship between the industry and the construction program.Several attempts have been introduced to develop effective extracurricular constructiontechnology education programs. This paper will consider three: 1) a living lab as a practicalconcept to use local community as a real infrastructure development opportunity; 2)Aprofessional product review process provides technical education opportunities to the student andprofessional service to local municipal governments; and 3) An online training program for bothindustry professionals and students that provides professional training opportunities to seniorstudents in the program.The authors present key issues identified from their experience developing the extracurricularprograms in their construction program and discuss the influences on improving studentreadiness through these extracurricular programs.
Koo, D., & White, J. W., & Ray, V. M. (2014, June), Development of Effective Extracurricular Construction Technology Education Programs for University and Industry Collaborations Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20314
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