Built Environment Conference and Institute
- Support your students.
- Demonstrate your program’s excellence.
- Contribute to longitudinal data gathering.
- Receive valuable professional development funded by NSF, including a stipend to offset travel expenses.
Built Environment faculty are invited to participate in the BEprep Summer Conference. This event is a unique opportunity to learn how community college faculty have integrated the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) credential into their curriculum. Students at participating institutions have the opportunity to earn the CDT credential free of charge, demonstrating industry-recognized mastery of valuable content.
An optional Institute for a third faculty participant cohort will launch at the Conference. A combination of in-person and online professional development, this cohort will benefit from the newly developed learning support materials for the CSI CDT exam.
BEprep Conference & Institute
May 16 – 17, 2019
Charlie Setterfield AIA NCARB CCCAP CCCA
The BEprep Conference and Institute registration link is below. After you register, an email will be sent within a day or two regarding hotels, travel reimbursement, and other relevant details. BEprep will cover the registration fee, two hotel nights, airfare or mileage, and some other expenses. The restrictions and limits will be in the follow-up email. Questions? Contact Deborah Shuler 937-512-3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This material is supported by an NSF ATE Program Grant (1600455). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (www.nsf.gov)
The Increasing Technician Preparedness in the Built Environment NSF Grant (Award #1600455) has a focus on providing community college students, including under represented populations, an opportunity to master STEM competencies and industry standards in demand by employers, and to increase graduate employability in a variety of “built environment” jobs. With architecture technician occupations changing rapidly due to the growing complexity of today’s construction industry, this project will transform associate degree programs by embedding critical STEM and industry standards from the Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certificate into two-year education programs. The CDT credential was chosen because it is recognized by employers as a respected entry-level credential and addresses significant gaps in undergraduate education.
With a strong involvement from industry, workforce development will be enabled by involving forty college faculty nationwide to develop and disseminate new curricular modules for undergraduate students enrolled in architectural technician and construction management associate degree programs. The project will enable professional development of community college faculty and staff. Not only will over nineteen hundred community college students be impacted by this project, but project outcomes will also be disseminated to other institutions with educational programs in the built environment. The targeted focus on diversifying their student populations is a strength of the project, as is the direct value to students and graduate job-seekers who will be better able to certify their knowledge and skills to employers. The long-term outcome will be a more diversified workforce that better meets the needs of built environment professions.