Seven students from North Dakota State College of Science will travel to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Residential Construction Management Competition hosted by the National Association of Home Builders.
The competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 during the International Builders’ show. Students have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience. The NDSCS team will have ten minutes of prep time, ten minutes to present and ten minutes to answer questions.
“This competition is a great real-world opportunity for our students to showcase the skills they have acquired at NDSCS. It also gives the students a chance to meet and network with industry members, and possibly to find a job offer,” said Shannon Mehrer, building construction technology program coordinator. “These students have shown great dedication to this project. The work is done outside of the classroom on their own time.”
Students who were interested in participating were interviewed and went through a faculty selection process. The follow students were selected to compete: Casey Johnson, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology and Construction Management Technology student from Grafton, N.D., Bailey Tennant an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Glendive, Mont., Ron Rudser, a Building Construction Technology student from Minot, N.D., Kyle Nelson, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Casselton, N.D., and Tiffany Ahmann, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Mahnomen, Minn.
Also, Alex Palmer, a Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Glendive, Mont., and Adam Schneider, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Dickinson, N.D., have been assisting the team.
The group has done some fundraising to off-set trip costs, such as a 50/50 raffle through the local Home Builders Association Club on campus. The North Dakota Home Builder’s Association of Bismarck donated $750 and the group received a $1,400 travel scholarship from the National Housing Endowment. The cost is approximately $550 per student.
This is the fourth time NDSCS students have competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition. NDSCS is the only two-year college from North Dakota in the competition.