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Howdy ACCE Friends

As part of our continued communication effort, we are highlighting specific accredited programs within the ACCE system. These are randomly selected schools, professional development, and workforce programs. Hopefully, this will help the ACCE community have an even better appreciation of the efforts made for accreditation, reaccreditation, and certification.

Please note that most of the content for this Highlight is provided by the Program's website and the latest ACCE Visiting Team Report for the Program.


Alfred State College of Technology, SUNY

In the true Pioneer spirit, our college has forged ahead, faced obstacles, and achieved hard-won victories. After generations of delivering a high-quality education, Alfred State College knows how to assist first-generation college students, find a way for low-income families to achieve their college dreams, and prepare students to launch careers with good pay at great companies, or become an entrepreneur.

Founded in 1908, it wasn’t a sure bet that the New York State School of Agriculture would continue after facing financial and enrollment challenges in its first 30 years. In 1926, the region’s farmers, who recognized the value of this institution, lobbied the state to continue operations and a plan emerged to offer more career options for Western New York students.

After making it through some difficult times and low enrollment during the Great Depression, Alfred Ag Tech, as it became known, found firm footing by adding educational opportunities for a wider variety of technical skills so that graduates would be ready for careers beyond the farm. The national trend of growing college enrollments after World War II was also evident with rapid construction and expansion at Alfred State and the addition of the Wellsville campus.

Alfred State's Victorian Home was originally a family residence, became the Theta Gamma (TG) House, and now is the headquarters for University Police. Photo taken in the early 1900s.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Alfred State construction management program focuses on both commercial building and heavy civil construction. Using real plans and specifications for real construction projects in NY, students complete the same tasks they will their first years of their career in our labs. Our students routinely place at the Region 1 Construction Management Competition put on by the Associated Schools of Construction. The BS degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Professional Outlook Alfred State College graduates go on to jobs with the title of project engineer, quality control engineer, assistant superintendent, assistant project manager, and material sales. Starting salaries range from $50,000 to $80,000. The need for construction managers is expected to grow by 5% over the next eight years. "The feedback I would like to share is that I continue to be impressed with the caliber of graduates we have had come down to work for us. They have been doing a remarkable job managing million dollar subcontractor packages and lead the pack in their peer group in terms of performance. Keep up the good work on your side and keep encouraging the strong ones to join the Balfour Beatty family." -Tim Boerschlein, '08, project manger at Balfour Beatty "Plug and play says it all; the grads we have hired out of this program have the skills, knowledge, and aptitude to quickly fill and excel in key roles of our operation." -Bill Snyder - senior district manager, National Fuel "This project is truly a modern marvel because it’s the first time something like this has been done, raising a bridge roadway and keeping the bridge open to traffic. It’s a great first project because it covers everything we learned in CM; precast concrete, planning, scheduling, steel, etc." -Zauch Mauch, ’14, civil/steel inspector, Greenman-Penderson Inc. "Alfred State construction management graduates are well prepared with the technical knowledge, leadership and hands on experience that allows them to quickly integrate into our project teams." - Fred Thompson, '00, vice president, LeChase Construction, Inc. To learn more... Contact Erin Vitale, CPC 607-587-4612

That is all for now! More program highlights to come!!

Steve Nellis

President / CEO American Council for Construction Education 214-755-6105 (c) 972-600-8800 (o)


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