Campus: Sonoma State University -- May 19, 2003
Construction Management Students Shine in Contests;
Result: Employers Show Increased Interest
The economy might be slowing, but some recent national recognition seems
to be paying off for Cal Poly construction management students.
The Construction Management Department is seeing a spike in interest
-- particularly homebuilders -- who want to interview its graduating
students. It appears to be at least partly the result of good showings
by department teams in national and regional student competitions earlier
In January a student team placed second -- Cal Poly's best finish ever
-- in a national competition sponsored by the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB).
"When the construction management team placed second in the NAHB
residential homebuilding competition in Las Vegas, it provided us a
heightened awareness of the caliber of the construction management students
and spoke volumes for the program and the instructors at Cal Poly,"
said John M. Drew, Orange County-based director of construction for
Pulte Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States.
"As a judge at the competition in Las Vegas," Drew said, "I
was exposed to the high caliber of the team. We admire the solid residential
homebuilding program in the Construction Management Department, and
it's created a lot of excitement in my division."
Headquartered in Detroit, Pulte Homes is a Fortune 500 company operating
in 40 markets throughout the United States and in Argentina, Mexico
and Puerto Rico. It is one of six firms expected to be recruiting specifically
for construction management majors Friday in the second day of the annual
Springboard Job Fair organized by Cal Poly's Career Services department.
"Our construction division typically recruits construction management,
planning, architecture, architectural engineering and civil engineering
students at Cal Poly," Drew said. "This year, because of our
experience with the construction management program, we have more than
tripled our recruitment team from three to 10 members. Alongside the
recruiters at the Job Fair will also be members of our land development,
planning, sales, marketing and financial departments. We will have Pulte
Homes reps coming to campus from multiple divisions from both the northern
and southern areas of the state."
"Immediately after the Las Vegas competition," said Professor
Barbara Jackson, advisor to Cal Poly's NAHB student chapter, "the
two largest homebuilders in the United States set up recruiting trips
to the campus. By winning second place in that very competitive, prestigious
residential construction competition, Cal Poly made its mark and opened
the door for real opportunities. To go from virtually a non-contender
to a top contender in only three years is an amazing accomplishment,
and one that is being recognized by the multi-billion-dollar residential
"Contrary to the economy," said Construction Management Department
Head Al Hauck, "over the last five years the number of companies
recruiting construction management students on campus has steadily risen
to more than 200 firms."
Besides taking second place in the NAHB contest in Las Vegas, Construction
Management Department student teams earlier this year placed second
overall nationally as an NAHB student chapter and won third in an Associated
Schools of Construction (ASC) regional design-build competition in Reno.
Jackson also credits the local homebuilders group with providing crucial
help to the student teams.
“The ongoing support of the local Home Builders Association of
the Central Coast has made it possible for the Cal Poly NAHB Student
Chapter to do so well in these student competitions,” she said.
Contact: Ray Ladd, (805) 756-7432, email@example.com