Five students from North Dakota State College of Science recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Residential Construction Management Competition hosted by the National Association of Home Builders. The team finished in sixth place out of twelve teams.
Students completed a management project/proposal and submitted it to a group of construction company executives for judging. At the convention, students were able to defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.
“When we arrived for the competition, most of our work had been completed. The only thing left was our presentation to the judges,” said Kyle Nelson, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Casselton, N.D. “This competition provides experiences that are difficult to grasp in the classroom. One of the best parts was seeing struggles and success other schools had and comparing it to those of our own,” said Nelson.
Joining Nelson in Orlando were 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., and Tiffany Ahmann, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Mahnomen, Minn.
Also, Alex Palmer, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Glendive, Mont., and Adam Schneider, an Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology student from Dickinson, N.D., assisted the team with preparation work before the competition.
This marks the fourth time NDSCS students have competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition. NDSCS was the only two-year college from North Dakota in the competition. Other schools competing were: Brigham Young University (Idaho), Cincinnati State (Ohio), Delgado Community College (Louisiana), Dunwoody College of Technology (Minnesota), Jefferson State Community College (Alabama), Linn State Technical College (Missouri), Montgomery College (Maryland), Northcentral Technical College (Wisconsin), Pennsylvania College of Technology, Santa Fe College (Florida) and Tarrant County College Southeast (Texas).