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    HELP Recipients

    The Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP), launched in 2006, establishes closer relationships with institutions of higher education by awarding major seed grants to leading two-and four-year colleges and universities to help them create, expand, or enhance existing residential construction management programs. HELP’s key goal is to increase the number of qualified college graduates entering the residential construction profession and becoming future members of NAHB.

    2014 Awardees

    South Dakota State University

    • Develop a senior seminar course focused on a residential construction project.
    • Establish a residential construction internship program for construction management students.
    • A faculty member will become an NAHB Certified Green Professional certified, and then implement the course on campus.
    • Create an advisory committee focused on the progress of the HELP grant.

    State University of New York at Delhi

    • Develop a residential construction management concentration within the existing Construction Management bachelor’s degree.
    • Improve and expand industry partnerships. Expand articulation agreements with other universities, allowing students to transfer into the residential construction management program.
    • Increase participation of NAHB Student Chapter.

    University of Nebraska-Kearney

    • Second HELP grant.
    • Establish and maintain a license agreement between UNK and NAHB Education to teach NAHB professional designations, specifically the CGP.
    • Fund faculty travel to NAHB Education events and board meetings for the development and training to become CGP Instructor Certified and Master CGP Instructor Certified, and to maintain their instructor status through continuing education as required by NAHB Education.
    • Fund the redevelopment and implementation of the CGP curriculum from a three day industry course into a 16-week UNK course, and fund the course fees and NAHB graduation fees for 182 UNK students to earn their CGP designations.

    2013 Awardees

     California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo

    • Second HELP grant.
    • Create a purpose-driven admissions, recruitment, and enrollment effort to increase the number of students interested in construction management and the homebuilding industry.
    • Incorporate the CGP designation course into Cal Poly’s curriculum.

    East Carolina University

    • Second HELP grant.
    • Develop of an online residential coursework for a graduate certificate and specialization in the Master of Construction. Management (MCM) program.
    • Augment current residential course topics with: U.S. Residential History, Residential Land Development, Residential Sustainability (design, code, energy, materials, environment, and innovation), Residential Estimating/Scheduling, Legal Issues of Residential Construction, and Residential Project Management & Risk Management.

    Michigan State University

    • Support existing faculty to strengthen the residential focus of current courses & hire an adjunct faculty with a residential construction focus.
    • Start a Housing Education & Research Center Fellowship Program – to keep students interested and engaged in residential construction aspect at MSU, incorporating hands-on labs and applied research.
    • Implement the Residential Gold Standard Curriculum developed at East Carolina University, to improve existing course offerings.

    University of Florida

    • Create and enhance of current curriculum offering by including NAHB designations and a basic building course.
    • Increase exposure and recognition of their residential construction program to pre-collegiate, collegiate, and transfer students into the Rinker program.
    • Increase interaction with and create strong ties with local builders throughout the state of Florida, thereby generating greater community connection.

    University of Washington

    • Create more interest in residential construction program at the University of Washington and build greater opportunities for students to graduate and start careers in the residential construction industry.
    • Hire two part-time lecturers during the start up of a residential construction management track.

    2012 Awardees

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    • First school to receive a second HELP grant.
    • Provide training opportunities for faculty through NAHB certification programs.
    • Enhance curriculum to prepare students for NAHB certifications.
    • Provide support to graduate students to research local industry needs as well as NAHB certification topic areas.

    Louisiana State University

    • Enhance courses to include NAHB designation content in new Residential Track.
    • Sponsor college seniors to take the Builder Assessment Review (BAR) exam.
    • Create a formal Residential Mentoring Program with the Capital Region Home Builders Association.
    • Establish a Residential Industry Advisory Board.

    2011 Awardees

    Pittsburg State University

    • Enhance their emphasis in residential construction.
    • Consolidate courses and modifying curriculum to include NAHB designation training.
    • Create a more comprehensive curriculum.
    • Provide students with a competitive advantage in a tough job market.

    Pennsylvania State University

    • Match a grant awarded by Lutron Electronics to hire industry practitioner to teach.
    • Start an endowment that would fund an industry practitioner to teach a residential construction class.
    • Additional course will help create a Residential Construction minor.

    2010 Awardees

    University of Nebraska—Kearney

    • Negotiated transfer agreements with community colleges for students who want to earn a four-year degree in construction managment.
    • Hosted a Construction Careers Show case - 250 potential students came to learn about career opportunits in residential construction.
    • Held two Green/Sustainable Construction seminars and a new green building course was added to curriculum.

    Western Carolina University

    • Created and delivered a Land Development minor with an emphasis on the legal, political, environmental and financial aspects of land development.
    • Will soon offer an online master's degree and certificate programs in Land Development.
    • Awarded partial scholarships for students earning the Land Development minor.

    Cincinnati State Technical and Community College & Northern Kentucky University

    • Create a “Pipeline” from Associates Degree at Cincinnati State towards a career in residential construction management with a BS from Northern Kentucky University. Continue program that teaches college-level construction classes to students at local high schools.

    University of Nebraska—Lincoln

    • Increase recruitment of women and minorities; Create a residential construction concentration; Improve masters program to fill the need of qualified teachers at the collegiate level.

    2009 Awardees

    Colorado State University

    • Offer incentive packages to hire two new faculty with expertise and experience in residential construction.
    • Add residential content to their already strong—but commercially focused—construction management program.

    North Dakota State University

    • Develop a cognitive apprenticeship program that will combine on the job experience with classroom learning to give construction management students hands-on experience that will enhance their classroom instruction.
    • Create a network of mentors to host apprentices.

    Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University

    • These schools will partner to achieve the following goals:
      • Enhance interest in residential construction management among minority and female students
      • Strengthen Prairie View’s residential construction management program and NAHB’s competition team
      • Have a joint Texas A&M/Prairie View A&M competition team at IBS
    • Create a model that can be replicated: One school with a strong Residential Construction program mentoring another school to strengthen and grow its program.

    Purdue University

    • Incorporate NAHB classes and certification into its Construction Management program. Students will graduate with three NAHB certifications: CGP, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, and Residential Construction Superintendent.
    • Can serve as a model program and will mentor other schools interested in incorporating NAHB University of Housing programs into its curriculum.

    2008 Awardees

     John A. Logan College

    • Establish NAHB Student Chapter and send team to Residential Construction Competitions at IBS 2009.
    • Establish Advisory Board and invite local NAHB members to be board members.
    • Teach Residential Construction Academy classes, use textbooks and other aids provided by HBI.
    • Provide facilities for NAHB University of Housing classes -- use BAR as outcomes assessment for students.

    Middle Tennessee State University

    • Has a dedicated Residential Land Development curriculum, only school in nation to have this unique program.
    • Will use funds to support additional faculty, University has committed to pay for new faculty after grant expires.
    • Leveraged funds to maximum; Total impact of grant is over $350,000 for the program -- Industry partners will participate in matching funds.

    Jefferson State Community College

    • Leverage matching funds to $334,000 impact, great administrative support.
    • Participate in IBS activities -- Students to compete in Residential Construction Competition.
    • Upgrade and enhance current facilities and equipment.
    • Host Summer Construction Technology Camps -- invite high school students to learn about home building careers.

    California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo

    • Use funds to develop former industry person into a Ph.D. professor -- Former Centex manager on track for tenure.
    • Develop a Residential Integrated Curriculum.
    • Conduct the “Residential Constructors Education Academy”, Endowment to be recognized as primary sponsor.
    • Provide equipment for classrooms in their new building -- New Pulte lab and Simpson Strong-Tie rooms dedicated to residential instruction.

    2007 Awardees

     East Carolina University

    • Developed Building Communities webcast series.
    • Establish a new specialization track on Residential Construction Management.
    • Developed “Golden Standard” for Residential Construction curriculum creation for other schools to use as a model.

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Created a Graduate level program.
    • Local builders recruited for Advisory Board.
    • Greater student involvement with local and state HBA.

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    • First historically black university to receive grant funds and establish residential track and curriculum.
    • Creating marketing materials to increase recruitment efforts.


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