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Marian University Builds Future for Students with Construction Major

This fall, students at Marian University of Wisconsin will have a new way to build their career—with a major in Construction Management. The innovative major offers a higher earning potential, opportunities for advancement, and a wealth of career options. Graduates can choose from a variety of industries, including residential, commercial, and civil construction.

The new program is market driven. Construction companies approached Marian University about the need for more construction and project managers. “Marian University’s Construction Management program is a benefit to students, the construction industry and the community,” said Pat Herzog, senior advisor at Michels, a Wisconsin energy and infrastructure construction company.

“Our industry is vast, dynamic, and rapidly changing. Building a foundation in leadership and project management through this program will prepare students for many satisfying positions in the construction industry, including at Michels. Students will graduate from this program with tangible opportunities to build their futures and the future of the world around them.”

Marian’s Construction Management Program Director Daniel Enz has a PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) from Iowa State University; an MS in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin– Platteville.

Enz launched a minor in Construction Management earlier this year to give students a taste of the new program. The response has been enthusiastic from students like Casey Bartelt from Fond du Lac, who will be a sophomore this fall.

“The Construction Management major opens many doors in the construction field,” said Bartelt. “After graduation, I plan to work with a company constructing large commercial buildings. Eventually, I would like to be overseeing job sites or estimating.”

Connie Coon, vice president of Human Resources for CD Smith Construction, says, “It’s an exciting time to be in construction! We are grateful to Marian University for investing in a quality program that will help prepare students locally for many rewarding careers in the construction industry.”