Ivy Tech to offer building construction technology program

Students enter the Hamilton County campus on its first day of operation in 2014. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Students enter the Hamilton County campus on its first day of operation in 2014. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Ivy Tech Community College is offering a Building Construction Technology program at its Hamilton County Campus this fall semester, starting Aug. 24.

The program provides students the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in preparation for a career in building construction and associated businesses. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Carpentry Specialist Technical Certificate or a Construction Management Specialist Technical Certificate.

“We are excited to launch this technology program at our campus in Noblesville,” said Dr. Kathleen Lee, chancellor of Ivy Tech Central Indiana. “Through this program, we can further partner with Hamilton County to provide residents with valuable degrees and certificates in a growing field.”

Campus President Dan Clark said, “The Building Construction Technology program is available to high school students, recent high school graduates and adults seeking further training.”

The program is led by Program Chair Lucas Howard. Howard is a NCCER Accredited Master Trainer and has more than 10 years of construction-related experience.

“The construction industry in Hamilton County is rapidly expanding,” Howard said. “This program arms our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to land well-paying jobs in the industry.”

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the median annual wage for carpenters is $39,940 and the median wage for construction trades workers is $38,970. Employment of carpenters is expected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022.

The new campus, opened in fall 2014, has a heavy technology focus, including the newest Building Construction Technology program, as well as Industrial Technology, Advanced Automation & Robotics, Electronics and Computer Technology, Design Technology, HVAC, Machine Tool Technology and Visual Communications.

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