BECKLEY, W.Va. — A four-year bachelor’s degree program will be available to WVU Tech students beginning fall of 2018.

The construction management program will train students in the areas of construction methods, operations, law and safety. Graduates will be ready to find careers as project managers, coordinators, estimators and construction superintendents among other occupations in the construction field.

WVU Tech’s construction management degree will be the first four-year program in West Virginia. Campus President Carolyn Long said this will be the first in a series of academic offerings geared toward the state’s unique economy.

“When we consider a new program, we’re not looking at what’s simply interesting or what’s trending. We’re developing specific degree programs and pathways that serve our students; that support our businesses and industries; and that boost the vitality of the state.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data predicts construction management jobs will grow at 11% through 2026. WVU’S Bureau of Economic Research suggests construction will see the second-highest growth rate in West Virginia through 2022.

“In a few years, I know we’ll see in our construction management program that same reputation for quality and usefulness that so many of our other programs have earned,” Long said.

WVU Tech recently ranked #1 in the state for annual student return on investment.

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