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Published August 19, 2022
The University of Wyoming Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management has received full accreditation for its Construction Management Program from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
The status was achieved following a favorable on-site accreditation visit in support of the program’s application for full accreditation status upon graduating its first senior class during the spring of 2022.
“ACCE accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards construction management degrees. The entire UW College of Engineering and Physical Sciences team -- including the faculty, staff and students -- are to be commended for their roles in earning this accreditation,” says Francois Jacobs, a Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management associate professor. “We have a high-quality program, and this accreditation gives us the stamp of approval to show to both students, and future employers of those students, that UW’s Construction Management Program is nationally distinguished.”
ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for baccalaureate and associate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management and construction technology in North America, Canada and Australia. Its mission is to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education programs and to promote, support and accredit quality construction education programs.
The Construction Management Program’s first graduating class experienced 100 percent job placement before graduation, with a mean starting income of $71,261. The graduates are employed in 10 states, with the majority of nine students employed in Wyoming.
The program offers hands-on training and opportunities for students to earn certifications along with their studies in this booming industry. Students in the program graduate with several industry-recognized certificates, including OSHA 30-hour training; Procore; LEED; a Homebuyer Education certification; and the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) certification, an eight-hour national exam. All are an integrated requirement across the construction management curriculum, Jacobs says.
“The first graduating class collectively scored above the national average on the AIC exam, which sets a high benchmark for our future classes as the program progresses forward,” Jacobs says.
The Construction Management Program, established in 2019, is among UW’s fastest-growing programs, with 150 students. A fourth cohort of 94 students is expected to enroll for the fall semester.
To learn more about UW’s Construction Management Program, visit www.uwyo.edu/civil/construction-management/index.html.