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Press Release for Monday, November 30, 2015

UNF Department of Construction Management Awarded National Housing Endowment HELP Grant

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The Department of Construction Management at the University of North Florida was recently awarded the National Housing Endowment Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP) Grant for 2016, in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), with a partial matching award from the Northeast Florida Builders Association for a total of $140,000 during the next four years.


With this funding, the Department of Construction Management will implement a new residential construction education program, recruit students and hire new faculty members. The department will work with NAHB to ensure faculty certification and educational requirements. To be considered for the grant, the department completed required paperwork, interviews and presented the proposed program to the HELP Program Advisory Committee.


“We are very honored to receive this grant,” said Dr. Mag Malek, professor and chair of the Department of Construction Management. “It’s a result of teamwork within our department and with local industry leaders.”


The primary goals of HELP are to encourage academic institutions to provide/develop programs of study in residential construction that respond to current issues affecting the home building industry, provide the tools/skills needed by graduates to anticipate and prepare for the future, and to increase the number of qualified college graduates entering the residential construction industry.


In addition to the grant, the Department of Construction Management recently received renewal of its American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation, and for the first time, received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). AACE accreditation certifies that the program has the necessary foundation for undergraduate students to become successful in the construction industry. ABET accreditation provides assurance that the program meets the quality standards established by the profession. 


The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of the National Home Builders Association, is dedicated to helping the housing industry develop more effective approaches to home building, enhancing education and training for future generations of leaders in residential construction and increasing the body of knowledge on housing issues.


The mission of the Department of Construction Management at UNF is, through a systematic process of self-assessment and continuous improvement, to provide students with a program that enables them to achieve their highest potential, and to provide support for Northeast Florida's economic development.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.