Endowment Awards $100,000 Grant for Residential Construction Program
The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, recently awarded East Carolina University’s Department of Construction Management a $100,000 grant as part of its efforts to strengthen its relationships with universities nationwide.
The four-year grant will be used to develop a residential construction management curriculum and provide real world training simulations for its students. The construction management department is part of the university's College of Technology and Computer Science.
“This grant from the National Housing Endowment will focus on curriculum development and help ECU create a ‘gold standard’ program that can become a national model for other schools looking to create residential construction management programs,” said Gary Garczynski, the National Housing Endowment chairman and 2002 NAHB president.
“This grant addresses two of the Endowment’s highest priorities — education and workforce training,” Garczynski continued. “Along with my fellow trustees, I am excited to play a part in training the next generation of housing professionals.”
The National Housing Endowment provides a permanent source of funds to address long-term industry concerns at the national level, including:
- Supporting scholarship programs that encourage students to select home building and related fields as their life’s work
- Assisting colleges and universities in the development of housing-related curricula and activities
- Revitalizing the building industry’s labor pool and enhancing its professionalism through training and apprenticeship programs, seminars and continuing education
- Setting the standard for state of the art technology in improving housing construction, performance, safety and affordability