AGC/KSC Partnership to Establish a Construction Safety Degree at Keene State College, Keene, NHSeptember 14, 2016Employers expect to hire over 25,000 OHS professionals in the next five years (2012 – 2017) of which 71% will be safety professionals, and of that, 76% expect to have bachelor’s degrees. Contributing to the demand for a qualified workforce is the “graying” (retiring) of current professionals creating a need for new safety professionals who will outpace the number of baccalaureate-prepared graduates by 100% in five years.
The partnership between Keene State College and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) will offer the first-in-the-nation construction safety degrees.
Keene State College (KSC) is the public liberal arts college for the State of New Hampshire and is uniquely positioned to partner with the Association of General Contractors of America (AGC) in the expansion of the existing KSC Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences (SOHAS) program. The SOHAS program, one of six degree programs in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, is presently the second most declared major at the College, graduating roughly 100 undergraduate students each year. AGC and KSC have formed a private-public-partnership to add specialized college level course work culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Safety, over a five year period.
Keene State College does not have the fiscal resources to add a new academic program without compromising (closing) an existing program. The College seeks to capitalize on this unique opportunity by asking for startup dollars. Unlike private liberal arts colleges, KSC has only recently begun to build an endowment and cultivate donations. Additionally, the State of New Hampshire has held for years the distinction of providing the lowest per capita dollar support in the nation to its colleges and universities. At KSC, state support accounts for 6% of the College’s budget, meaning the balance of 94% is based on student tuition and fees. Without upfront monies, Keene State would not have the resources to fund the program.
AGC of America Education & Research Foundation has launched a fund raising portal that accepts tax-deductible donations for this program by choosing Keene State College Construction Safety Degree in the special purpose section of the donation page.
Turner Construction has committed $100,000 to support the effort. Beyond that, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals has contributed to a scholarship for students whose construction focus is safety.
We are looking for more AGC members to help us by supporting this exciting endeavor. We hope you will consider becoming a contributor!
Contribute today>>Contact:Chris Ziegler, AGC MA Director of Safetyziegler@agcmass.org
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