Construction programs receive statewide award for excellence

The Construction Technology and Building Construction Management programs at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast have received the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence by the Indiana Department of Education

The awards recognize Indiana’s outstanding postsecondary programs for career and technical education, where “postsecondary program” is defined as an approved career and technical education program offering a certificate or an associate degree. Between the two programs, Ivy Tech offers three associate degree programs, three certificate options, and three technical certificate options.

Two Ivy Tech Northeast construction programs have won the Department of Education’s Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence. James Brunson, chair of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Building Construction Management program, says the award is beneficial for students because it celebrates the programs’ quality and shows students’ post-graduation employment potential.

Two Ivy Tech Northeast construction programs have won the Department of Education’s Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence. James Brunson, chair of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Building Construction Management program, says the award is beneficial for students because it celebrates the programs’ quality and shows students’ post-graduation employment potential.

“The award provides assurance of program quality and post-graduation enrollment potential,” says James Brunson, program chair for Building Construction Management. “For the community, the award reinforces the idea that the Fort Wayne program is distinguished for quality among other programs in the state.”

Darrel Kesler, the dean of the Technology Division, of which both programs are a part, nominated the programs for the award. He says his goal is to increase awareness about the programs and change community perception about the job market, the jobs the College prepares students for, and what Ivy Tech does.

“I’m just trying to make people aware that what we’re doing is really good,” Kesler says, “to get the community to be aware that we’re out there leading the technology advances.”

Two years ago, the College’s Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology won Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence.

Learn more about this year’s winning programs at IvyTech.edu/construction-technology and IvyTech.edu/building-construction-management.

Jonathan Keck, a Construction Technology instructor at Ivy Tech Northeast, teaches a class. Construction Technology is one of two construction programs at the College to receive the Department of Education’s Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence.

Jonathan Keck, a Construction Technology instructor at Ivy Tech Northeast, teaches a class. Construction Technology is one of two construction programs at the College to receive the Department of Education’s Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence.

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