UTICA – Sen. Chuck Schumer visited Utica College Monday afternoon to kick off a push for federal funding to support the college’s growing construction management major, Schumer announced today.
The federal funding would help Utica College build a new, state-of-the-art training center for the construction management program. The total cost of the project is $4.1 million. Of that total cost, $2.1 million has already been raised by private funds, and $700,000 is coming from a New York State grant.
“The program will aim to meet a critical demand for talent in coming years as the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 1.6 million new jobs in the construction industry by 2022,” Schumer’s news release stated. “Since the program has outgrown its antiquated facilities, Utica College has crafted plans to build a new, technologically-advanced facility equipped with accredited material testing equipment, workspace for construction projects, specialized computer labs configured for industry-standard Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and a multi-use auditorium.”
Utica College has applied for funding through the federal Economic Development Agency to help cover the remaining cost of the project, according to Schumer, and at his visit this afternoon he’ll be pledging his support for the project funding and highlight why the investment is needed.
According to Schumer, since 2008, 100 percent of construction management students at Utica College have secured jobs before graduation.