Four College Professors Awarded IBS Fund Grants
Four professors of college level construction management courses attended workshops and learned about new products at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas through a new National Housing Endowment Academic Development/IBS Fund grant established to support the academic and intellectual enrichment of university and college professors in the residential construction industry.
“The public’s perception of the home building industry is being enhanced by the increased number of colleges and universities offering construction management courses and degrees,” said Isaac Heimbinder, president of Kimball Hill Homes and the endowment trustee who funded the IBS travel award.
“In order to expand the pool of college-trained individuals for construction related businesses, it is important to recognize the professors who teach residential construction management to tomorrow’s builders. The professional development of these educators is critical to encouraging the best and brightest to enter residential construction,” Heimbinder said.
The professors awarded the grants demonstrated a commitment to improve their residential construction management programs by submitting final proposals for consideration for the 2010 HELP — Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grants. While their HELP grant proposals were not chosen for funding, their programs demonstrate enormous growth potential and the endowment supported their efforts to enhance their current curriculum, in part through the IBS Fund grant.
The recipients included:
- Victor Mirzai, Delgado Community College, New Orleans
- Jared Yando and Alan Smith, State University of New York in Delhi, Delhi, N.Y.
- Dr. David McCandless, the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo.
The IBS Fund grant is part of the endowment’s ongoing HELP initiative to bolster or start residential construction management programs in two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country and to increase the number of qualified graduates entering the industry. To date, the endowment has awarded more than $1.3 million in HELP.
For more information on HELP grants, call the endowment at 800-368-5242 x8069 or visit www.nationalhousingendowment.org.