Turner Construction Company, in partnership with the York College School of Business and the Small Business Development Center has developed the first undergraduate accredited construction management program called the Construction Management Academy based on the company’s original training program curriculum.

The Construction Management Academy will be lead by Turner staff and York college professors and will be available to students enrolled at York College or individuals currently working in the building industry. Course offerings will begin on June 1 at the York College School of Business in Queens, New York. The curriculum includes courses on estimating, building information modeling (BIM), safety, project management, construction management, field management, marketing, sustainable building and scheduling.

Students will receive instruction from both full-time business school faculty and experienced construction experts and can earn up to nine credits toward an undergraduate degree in business at York College upon successful completion of the six-month course.

“[This program]will enable both our start-up and seasoned contractors to receive essential training that will generate growth and sustainability,” said Harry Wells, regional director for the Small Business Development Center at York College, which is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “It will also allow us to work with prospective clients that can take advantage of upcoming local development projects.”

The Turner School of Construction Management was first established in Cleveland, Oh. in 1969 as a joint collaboration between then-Cleveland Mayor Mayor Carl B. Stokes and former Turner Chairman Howard Turner. It was originally devised as a way to train minority construction companies. Today, it is offered in more than 70 cities across the country, includes more than 15,000 graduates and has awarded more than 52,000 contracts with a value in excess of $18 billion to minority and women-owned business enterprises.

“We are very excited about this program and the leverage it gives students,” said Stephanie Burns, Director of Community Affairs for Turner’s New York office. This partnership has allowed us to take the Turner School of Construction Management program to new heights.”