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
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
“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
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.
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.