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Students receive industry scholarships

Student News | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Columbus Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) presented two Columbus State students with scholarships, in addition to celebrating the Columbus Chapter’s 60th anniversary, at the February Lunch and Learn event Monday, February 12 at the Boat House at Confluence Park.

The sixth annual Dean M. Bortz CSI CDT Scholarships for Academic Excellence at Columbus State were awarded to Katherine Rucker, Construction Management student and Sheet Metal Apprentice ($1,250) and Annie Betts, Construction Management student and Electrician Apprentice ($500). Both students are officers in the Columbus State Student CSI Chapter, which was founded in 2005, and provides students in the design, build, operate and manage industry opportunities for leadership, employment and networking with industry professionals. CSI was founded in 1948, and provides industry recognized organizational tools such as MasterFormat®, education, and certifications.

Scholarship funds come from the Columbus CSI Chapter, as well as semi-annual Construction Document Technologist (CDT) boot camps, which help prepare attendees to pass the CDT exam, which assesses understanding of the roles and relationships of design professionals, contractors, materials suppliers, facilities managers and owners during a construction project.

The Construction Management program faculty are also working with Sinclair Community College and CSI on the $.78 million NSF BE PREP grant to use CSI CDT content in two-year college curriculum to increase career preparedness and industry understanding prior to graduation and elevate the CDT credential to certification status.


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