The Construction Management Program (CMP) at UNLV received $49,080 for the purchase of 20 new computers with up-to-date hardware and software that will allow students to learn programming skills currently used in the construction industry. CMP was established in 1988 and was accredited by the American Council for Construction Education in 1999. Without these new computers, CMP felt future accreditation would have been difficult.
The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Nevada Education Foundation received $10,000 for instructional costs of its training classes designed to add qualified journeyman plumbers to the local workforce. Topics for first-year apprentices cover ethics, integrity, credibility and enhancing the image of the plumbing and construction industry.
The Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association received $10,000 for its annual Building Women Career Fair that targets women interested in construction careers and related areas. The fair, scheduled for April 15, 2011, will be at the TMCC/IGT Applied Technology Center on Edison Way in Reno. Participants receive hands-on experience in mixing cement, painting, operating a crane, etc.
The Northern Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractors received $10,000 for its NEVADABUILDUP program designed to provide emerging, small and reorganized construction companies with the tools and tactics to maintain a viable business and survive in a recessionary economy.
The Construction Education Commission was created by the Nevada Legislature in 2001 for the purpose of encouraging programs that meet the mission of improving quality and integrity in the construction industry to attract and retain an educated and skilled workforce. It consists of one member from the Nevada State Contractors Board and six members appointed by the governor. Four members represent the construction industry and the other two have knowledge of construction education program. The commission is funded through voluntary contributions and fines levied through the Nevada State Contractors Board disciplinary process.
Grant applications are available on the Nevada State Contractors Board website at www.nscb.state.nv.us.