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Operations Management degree ranked No. 4 in nation

Posted on June 12, 2017

MSUM’s online Operations Management degree was ranked No. 4 nationwide in a ranking by Best Degree Programs. The organization reviewed 56 accredited colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES College Navigator) that offered online bachelor’s in operations management, project management, or closely related degree programs. Also reviewed were rankings received from major publications like U.S. News and World Report and cost of attendance.

See the full “20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Operations or Project Management 2017” article.

Learn more about MSUM’s online Operations Management and Project Management degrees.

Construction Management students excel on the National Associate Constructor Exam

Posted on April 28, 2017

For the first time ever, 100 percent of the students in MSUM’s Construction Management program passed the Associate Constructor Exam. Congratulations to the Construction Management class of 2017!

More than 1,000 students across the nation sat for the spring 2017 Exam, which is given in the fall and spring and is developed and monitored by the American Institute of Constructors Certification Commission. Read the rest of this entry →

Women in Demand

Posted on December 08, 2015

Constructing their futures
BY TRENT ZBICHORSKI

Like a lot of women who choose a professional career in construction management, Minnesota State University Moorhead student Elly Lehn grew up around the business.

Elly3-2 webcopy“My dad started as a diesel mechanic at Veit and is now the executive of fleet operations,” said Lehn, a junior in MSUM’s construction management program. “I couldn’t tell you how many times I sat on my dad’s lap in a bulldozer or an excavator and loved it.” Many women are introduced to the industry this way.

In the male-dominated construction field, just 8.9 percent of women work in the industry nationwide, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  Most often, they are doing clerical or support work.

That’s why Kiewit, one of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations, sponsors the Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar.

Lehn was one of 50 women from 47 universities across the United States and Canada selected to participate in this year’s seminar to develop leadership skills, network with successful female leaders within the industry, and learn about the challenging opportunities in the construction and/or engineering industries. Nearly 150 women applied for the program. Read the rest of this entry →

Elly Lehn, construction management student, accepted to Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar

Posted on October 13, 2015

Elly Lehn, student majoring in Construction Management, was accepted to the Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar.  This seminar is hosted by Kiewit, one of the largest and most respected construction, mining, and engineering organizations operating in North American and Australia.  Elly is one of the top fifty collegiate female leaders to be chosen to attend this seminar.  Through this she will be challenged to develop stronger leadership skills and abilities.  This seminar also provides amazing networking opportunities with other successful female leaders within the construction industry.  The Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar will be held the end of October in Omaha, Nebraska at Kiewit’s headquarters.

McGee to present her women in STEM research

Posted on September 17, 2015

Pam McGee , co-chair, Department of Construction Management and Operations Management , including Project Management, was selected by the Dean of Technology to presented her Women In Stem Research to Ivy Technical College faculty, staff, and administrators. She will discuss recruiting, retaining and advancing within STEM fields for women. Ivy Tech is Indiana’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Women and STEM flyer.

Construction management students exceed the national average and CPC level I Exam

Posted on April 28, 2015

AIC Construction Certification Exam

 All Construction Management students sit for the CPC Level 1, Construction Fundamentals Exam when they are enrolled in the CM 496 Capstone Experience.  The Exam is developed and monitored by the American Institute of Constructors Certification Commission.   The exam has been given each semester since 2000.  The students have scored at the national average or higher 25/ 30 times that the exam has been given.  In spring of 2015, twelve students sat for the exam and exceeded the National average.  Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

VP Biden announces recipients of $450M of job-driven training grants

Posted on September 30, 2014

$450M in grants to nearly 270 community colleges partnering with more than 400 employers nationally

WASHINGTON — Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families and help American businesses grow our economy. While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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2014 TAACCCT Grants by State

Note: Project descriptions are taken from language provided by grantees as part of their abstracts.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,473,227
Industry focus: Construction and Utilities
Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s CU Succeed program will serve 450 TAA-eligible and similar adults over three years in the West Central Minnesota Workforce Service Area. The program will provide training and certifications to individuals to obtain in-demand careers in the construction and utilities industries through the use of new mobile training units that travel to multiple sites, online workplace readiness and soft skills instruction and work-based training. Articulation agreements with Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide participants with Bachelor of Science degree options. Read the rest of this entry →

Students inducted into Sigma Lambda Chi

Posted on April 10, 2014

The following students were installed in Sigma Lambda Chi, the International Construction Management honor society. They were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, industry experience and their passion and commitment to the construction industry.

Brian Keranen
Schuyler Lee
Jorden Pangrac
Shawn Sobanski
Chase Zeller

Project management: A pathway to managing your future

Posted on December 03, 2013

MSUM is proud to announce a new degree being launched in Spring 2014: Bachelor of Science in Project Management. Through a collaborative effort between the Operation/Construction Management departments and College of Business and Innovation, the first B.S. program for Project Management in the tri-state area will be offered here at MSUM. By being designed around pairing with a minor or double major in an area of the student’s choosing, Project Management fits perfectly with programs such as Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Marketing, Management, Human Resources and more.

Designed for individuals seeking careers in a variety of areas, Project Management provides students the opportunity to learn and develop skills useful in fields such as health care, information technology, manufacturing, retail, government and non-profit. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Construction Management team wins ASC Student Competition

Posted on November 25, 2013

Students from the MSU Moorhead Construction Management program won the Heavy-Civil Division of the Region IV Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) CM student competition in Nebraska City, Neb., Oct. 23-26. Region IV ASC participants included 31 teams from the seven-state region of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

MSUM’s winning Heavy-Civil team, coached by Scott Seltveit, was within $600,000 of the actual bid of $19.7 million. Team members included Cody Wegner, Steve Meidinger, Paul Nolden, Mitch Egge, Gabriel Nah. Read the rest of this entry →

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