Steven Carlisle recently earned the distinction of being Jefferson State’s first student to transfer to Tuskegee University using the new Construction Science and Management (CSM) Program articulation agreement between the two schools.
The new articulation agreement began in October 2015 and provided for Carlisle to be accepted in to the four-year CSM program at Tuskegee with a full academic scholarship. Carlisle’s scholarship will include tuition, books, and housing.
“Creating articulation agreements with four-year universities offering Bachelor’s degrees in Construction Management is something we have been working toward for some time now,” said Jefferson State Construction and Building Science Director Dr. Mike Safavi. “The agreement provides an excellent opportunity for our students to continue their education and complete a Bachelor’s degree if they decide to do so.”
“Indicators show the demand for construction graduates will increase tremendously,” said Safavi. “The growing complexity of construction projects is creating more demand for management level personnel, and more than 60 percent of management will retire within five years.”
According to the bureau of labor statistics, construction management graduates with an associate degree offer early career pay of just over $46,000 and mid-career pay of $72,100. According to Forbes Report one the Bachelor’s Degrees with The highest earning potential is Construction Management.
With the new articulation agreement, Jefferson State’s CSM students are required to complete 71 semester credit hours to graduate and receive their Associate Degree. Tuskegee University’s CSM program will transfer 69 of these credit hours toward their B.S. degree. This will guarantee Jefferson State’s students who graduate can directly enter into the third year of Tuskegee’s program with junior standing.
The Construction Management at Jefferson State is one of the twelve two-year programs nationwide that is accredited by American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
“For some time now, Jefferson State has offered one of the best CSM programs nationwide,” said Safavi. “Now, Jefferson State provides a pathway for students to continue toward their Bachelor’s degree with maximum course transference.”