WASHINGTON, March 12 - Students at five universities will be able to take advantage of improved residential construction management programs due to more than $283,000 in grants from the Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP) of the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The grants were announced at the NAHB Student Chapter Award Ceremony at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
"Through the HELP grants, the National Housing Endowment works to help the residential construction industry develop more advanced and effective approaches to home building as well as to ensure the industry has an ample and well-trained supply of future workers and leaders," said F. Gary Garczynski, chairman of the Endowment and 2002 NAHB President.
The 2009 grants were awarded to these universities:
- Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., to hire new faculty with expertise in residential construction and develop additional content to supplement the curriculum.
- North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., to develop a cognitive apprenticeship program and mentoring network to supplement classroom instruction with hands-on construction management experiences.
- Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., to incorporate NAHB University of Housing classes and certification into their construction management program.
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, to partner together to enhance minority groups' interest in the residential construction programs and strengthen the programs at both universities.
The National Housing Endowment established HELP in 2006 in order to support leading two- and four-year colleges and universities in their work to create, expand, or enhance existing residential construction management programs. The key goals of HELP include encouraging academic institutions to provide residential construction education tracks and increasing the number of qualified college graduates entering the industry.
HELP is the signature grant program of the Endowment, and the cornerstone of its education effort. More than $1 million has been awarded to educational institutions since the program's inception.
Previous HELP grant recipients include California Polytechnic University -San Luis Obispo, East Carolina University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Jefferson State Community College, John A. Logan College, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
For more information on HELP grants, call the National Housing Endowment at (800) 368-5242, ext. 8483, or visit nationalhousingendowment.org.