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Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

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With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have partnered with Rowan University to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.  The program is meant to help tackle the “middle-skill jobs skill gap.”  

Middle-skill jobs are classified as those which require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree. In a statement, NABTU President Sean McGarvey said of the new program:

“We are excited to be partnering with Rowan University to launch this construction management degree program.  We are particularly thrilled that the program is structured in such a way that students, including  and especially members of our unions, will be able to convert into credits part of their working experience through prior learning assessment.”

The program will have an added impact in New Jersey, where Rowan University is located.  According to the National Skills Coalition, 53 percent of New Jersey jobs in 2012 were labeled “middle-skill.”

The 120-credit professional degree is intended for workers who have previous college credits and work experience.  Those admitted to the program will be expected to have an associate’s degree or college credits that were earned in the past 5 years.  The program is specifically tailored for members of the Building Trades and is accessible nationwide through an online curriculum, which allows weekly face-to-face time with instructors via Skype-like tools.  At $400 per credit hour, the program is affordable. It is approved by the New Jersey Higher Education Commission.  The curriculum was created with input from the building trades and other signatory contractors.  

Interested parties can apply directly through Rowan University.  


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