December 14, 2010

Construction management specialization planned

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Technical Resource Management Program continues its commitment to providing working adults with flexible options for completing a bachelor’s degree. The Technical Resource Management Bachelor of Science program recently added a new Professional Construction Management (PCM) specialization.

“With program courses offered in both daytime and evening formats, students can earn a degree while fulfilling their work and home responsibilities,” said Lisa Lindhorst, field representative and academic adviser for the Technical Resource Management Program.

The new PCM specialization complements and expands on prior experience, education and training people have so that when they graduate from the program, they are ready to manage all facets of the construction process, from the initial idea through to the disposal of the structure when its useful life is over. The curriculum prepares students for the competencies required by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) for certification.

To earn the internationally recognized Certified Construction Manager certification, one must complete various educational requirements along with obtaining specific, documented work experience. They must also then pass the rigorous CCM examination and the SIUC program operates with that in mind. In addition, students in the PCM specialization benefit from its partnership with the regional Chicago chapter of CMAA, sponsor of the SIUC student chapter of the organization.

Although the new specialization serves students interested in the construction industry, the Technical Resource Management (TRM) program within the College of Applied Sciences and Arts continues to provide bachelor’s degree options for students from a variety of occupational backgrounds. The curriculum prepares graduates for career advancement, including positions in supervisory roles or project management.

Since its inception in the 1970s, the TRM program has given individuals with occupational associate degrees the opportunity for a true 2 + 2 experience. In addition, the program accepts credit for other types of formal training or work experience, including military training and formal apprentice programs.

In keeping with TRM’s goal of serving working adults, Professional Construction Management course delivery will be in the late afternoon or evening. The new specialization goes into effect in summer 2011.

To learn more about the PCM specialization or the Technical Resource Management Bachelor of Science program contact Lindhorst at 618/453-7281 or by e-mail at