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Creating reality-based technology training through a partnership of contractors and a community college.



When construction contractors needed personnel with technical skills in estimating, project planning project planning - project management , material development and safety practices to fill mid-management positions, they teamed with Northeast Mississippi Community College Northeast Mississippi Community College is a community college located in Booneville, Mississippi in the United States.

The college was founded in 1948 as Northeast Mississippi Junior College,
 (NEMCC NEMCC National Emergency Management Coordination Centre ). The team called in the Research and Curriculum Unit from Mississippi State University Mississippi State University, at Mississippi State, near Starkville; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1878 as an agricultural and mechanical college, opened 1880. From 1932 to 1958 it was known as Mississippi State College. , and a new reality program in construction engineering technology was born. The area Appalachian Regional Commission The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a United States federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.  (ARC) along with the State Department of Education provided funding assistance.

Set in the Southern Appalachian foothills in Booneville, Mississippi Booneville is a city in Prentiss County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 8,625 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Prentiss CountyGR6. , Northeast Mississippi Community College was the likely place for successful contractors to promote and sponsor the development of one of their "own" programs. The development of a truly reality construction engineering technology program to meet the contractors' modern employment needs began in January 2000, the first program of its kind in the state. A true reality program meant the program's curriculum had to be driven by the contractors and demanded high-performance results for each student candidate. Reality to the contractors was a concept that education should be no different from the world it serves.

For students to be successful with construction engineering subjects, a high level of core academic skills was set in place. The advisory group of contractors believed that high levels of verbal and written communication, together with improved math, computer and interpersonal skills "Interpersonal skills" refers to mental and communicative algorithms applied during social communications and interactions in order to reach certain effects or results. The term "interpersonal skills" is used often in business contexts to refer to the measure of a person's ability , would ensure achievement and occupational success. Another reality concept was the requirement for students to participate in paid summer internship internship /in·tern·ship/ (in´tern-ship) the position or term of service of an intern in a hospital.
internship,
n the course work or practicum conducted in a professional dental clinic.
 courses. Two summer internships were added after the students complete the freshman year.

An Annual Tech Fair created in 2001 featuring "Women and Men in Construction" complemented the Construction Engineering Technology Program with a surprising turnout of companies and students participating. The need for students to talk to professionals is important if education is to have motivated students to teach. The idea of the Tech Fair came from this need. Companies sent bulldozers, safety components, engines, automobiles and displays. Local secondary schools sent students by the droves. In 2004, 1,800 students participated in the open-air event. Industry understands how important it is to get students motivated for careers. Student conversations with professionals establish possibilities and career paths.

What has changed in recent years and since the mid 1960s when career-technical programs as we know them started? Because of rising occupational standards, more career and technical education programs are mathematics/science, communications and computer based. Required learning levels for corporate world jobs in construction technology fields have risen above traditional academic major requirements. The Construction Engineering Technology program is a component of education that is continually facilitated by daily market demands.

One of Mississippi's and the nation's greatest resources is the construction industry. Because of its resourceful re·source·ful  
adj.
Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.



re·sourceful·ly adv.
 and forward-thinking people, Mississippi has some of the best and some of the largest construction companies in the Southeast. These companies provide a low-cost construction environment that applies to a low tax base for new infrastructure and a great resource for new industries to come to Mississippi. Construction is not just the process of moving dirt, laying pipe or placing concrete.

Many Americans hold the idea that success means wearing a suit and working in an office. While the construction industry offers many office type positions, it also depends on many people working in the field. There are opportunities with construction companies that work in a given area, all over the U.S. or around the world. The opportunities are many for those who have a good education, which includes good math, science, communication and technical training.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, along with construction professionals and business owners, has responded to the need for a solid reality education program by implementing Construction Engineering Technology. Graduates have meaningful construction careers in a variety of positions. Men and women who are in the construction profession can tell you what they have done, and they can show you the reality of the workplace.

What They Are Saying About It

"Construction Engineering Technology is a wonderful program that has very high standards and incorporates state-of-the-art technology," says Melba Morgan, academic head, Division of Mathematics and Sciences, NEMCC. "The curriculum, which includes studies in mathematics and physics, prepares students extremely well, either for the workplace or for further studies in engineering or engineering technology. Without a doubt, any student who completes this program will be very successful in his field."

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prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 Morgan Whitfield, president of Prairie prairie

Level or rolling grassland, especially that found in central North America. Decreasing amounts of rainfall, from 40 in. (100 cm) at the forested eastern edge to less than 12 in.
 Construction Company and a member of the Program Advisory Committee, "The CET CET
abbr.
Central European Time


CET Central European Time

CET n abbr (= Central European Time) → hora de Europa central

CET abbr
 program at Northeast provides employers with competent graduates and employees who have an education that can be placed in the workforce with minimal additional training, which brings immediate returns for the employers. The program directors and other members of the training have listened to the input of the advisory committee in raising the standards of the program to meet the construction industry needs and have instilled in the students a strong work ethic work ethic
n.
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.


work ethic
Noun

a belief in the moral value of work
."

Positive comments also come from graduates such as Josh Harris Josh Harris could refer to the following people:
  • Joshua Harris, an American pastor and writer
  • Josh Harris (artist), an American dance musician
  • Josh Harris (athlete), an American football player for the New York Giants
, who is now employed with project controls at Hill Brothers Construction and Engineering Co., Inc. "I can honestly say that I did not take a single course that has not in some way been useful," notes Harris. "From Construction Layout to Public Speaking, I have found something practical from every aspect of my technology training. There is no way to expound ex·pound  
v. ex·pound·ed, ex·pound·ing, ex·pounds

v.tr.
1. To give a detailed statement of; set forth: expounded the intricacies of the new tax law.

2.
 on one certain thing about this program; it is a great tool for a construction career."

Another member of the Program Advisory Committee, David V. Dow of Trench trench: see ocean.  Safety, Inc., adds, "The internship requirement of the Construction Engineering Technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College brings the reality of workplace problems to the students. Students are able to set the value of required classes through real-life experiences, therefore getting more bang for their educational dollar. Consequently, employers get a more knowledgeable employee."

Student John W. Hendrix John Walker Hendrix is a retired United States Army four star general, and served as Commander, United States Army Forces Command from 1999 to 2001. Military career
Hendrix was born on September 22, 1942, in Bulloch County, Georgia,[1]
, who says he would recommend the program to anyone interested in any part of the construction industry, explains, "Not every situation that can occur in the construction industry can be taught in a classroom, but with the technical skills taught in the CET program, along with the application skills mid increased confidence obtained through the academic classes required for the program, any problem can be faced and solved. The time that I have spent in the program has improved my communication skills, mathematic ability, problem-solving abilities, and has prepared me for fire workforce."

Contractors provided one of their own to instruct in·struct  
v. in·struct·ed, in·struct·ing, in·structs

v.tr.
1. To provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way. See Synonyms at teach.

2. To give orders to; direct.

v.
 and operate the new Construction Engineering Technology program. The college employed a former vice-president of a contracting firm with 17 years of construction experience. Ray Galliard gal·liard  
n.
1. A spirited dance popular in France in the 16th and 17th centuries.

2. The triple-time music for this dance.

adj. Archaic
Spirited; lively; gay.
, in a newfound new·found  
adj.
Recently discovered: a newfound pastime.

Adj. 1. newfound - newly discovered; "his newfound aggressiveness"; "Hudson pointed his ship down the coast of the newfound sea"
 role as a college instructor and program developer, immediately initiated a construction engineering environment while equipping e·quip  
tr.v. e·quipped, e·quip·ping, e·quips
1.
a. To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions.

b.
 a new laboratory and implementing the curriculum. He created an atmosphere of construction project simulation of being on the job while engaged in a laboratory setting. Planned field trip activities to construction sites directly supplemented the laboratory-based learning projects. Gaillard worked with the advising contractors to establish a baseline of academic skills for entering students.

Jimmy H. Crane, an administrator of career and technical education programs and experienced in curriculum and program development, served as coordinator and liaison for the contractor and college team to bring "reality" to the steps involved with contributing parties and agencies. Crane's objective, along with that of the instructor, was to make sure each curriculum course and each piece of laboratory equipment related and connected with students' performances and job practices on the construction site.

What they achieved, according to their student John Hendrix, is "the perfect balance of technical training and academic courses."

Jimmy H. Crane is division head of Engineering Technology and Occupational Education and associate dean of Instruction, and Ray Galliard Is Instructor of Construction Engineering Technology at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
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Author:Crane, Jimmy H.; Gaillard, Ray
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