Rochester Post-Bulletin - MSC Southeast starts new construction technology degree


by Brian Todd
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WINONA — Looking to meet the needs of the construction industry, Minnesota State College Southeast will begin offering a new two-year construction technology degree beginning in fall 2018.

“This program will help build out Winona’s workforce housing market as well as help mitigate the ongoing shortage of tradesmen and tradeswomen,” according to Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. “We are here to train tomorrow’s trades professionals on state-of-the-art building techniques.”

In addition to gaining experience with the tools, materials, methods, and standard practices of the trade, students will learn planning, designing, estimating, and blueprint reading. The program emphasizes the most up-to-date technologies, sustainability, and energy efficiency in residential and commercial projects.

MSC-Southeast will partner with Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties and the City of Winona to help address the need for entry level, affordable homes. This will involve construction of one or two houses per year and helping renovate many others, according to a statement from the college.

A grant from Clean Energy Resource Teams will help the college integrate environmentally friendly building techniques into the new curriculum, the college stated.

“Most students have no idea how much money they can make and how quickly they can move up in their careers,” said lead construction technology instructor Jonathan Powell. “As educators, we need to keep our programs new and fresh, keep up with evolving technology and trends, and get students engaged in construction programs like ours.”

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