College trustees in their April 27 regular meeting approved a new bachelor’s of applied science degree program with a major in construction management. The board's vote is one of several approvals required before the college is authorized to offer the program. The new degree could be implemented as soon as fall 2022, according to college documents.
The degree path would be the third bachelor’s program to be offered by Collin College. It follows an analysis by the college that indicated a high demand for construction managers in the industry.
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in construction management have the opportunity to seek entry-level positions starting at around $90,000, according to college faculty who helped devise the program.
“I’m very happy to see this third bachelor’s degree program come through,” board treasurer Dr. Raj Menon said. “I’m psyched, and $90,000 for the starting salary, which kind of is in the same league as our nursing degree and the bachelor’s of applied technology—that’s a phenomenal agenda.”
The new degree program was researched and developed according to official standards by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Both entities must still vote to approve the new degree program.
The program would be offered at Collin College Technical Campus in Allen in a traditional face-to-face format. Students would complete 42 semester credit hours of core curriculum courses and 78 semester credit hours of industry-specific courses, which meets the state’s degree requirement of 120 hours.
The construction management degree is designed to build on Collin College’s existing certificates and associate’s degree in construction management.
Editor's note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. The board's vote is one of several approvals that Collin College needs to be able to offer the construction management degree program.