Webber’s leadership in the Construction industry in Texas has been recognized by the University of Houston.
Last month, PLW’s Quality Manager Hugh Brightwell was invited to become part of their Commercial Construction Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for a two-year term beginning in 2020.
As part of the board, Brightwell was selected as the Chairman for the Curriculum Committee of the Construction Management Degree Program. This committee has been tasked with developing a class curriculum for the construction industry, that will specifically target verbal and written communication skills needed in the construction field including presentation, negotiation and technical writing. The class will be piloted in Fall 2020 and will be part of the accredited curriculum for Construction Management.
“I plan to assist in development of the new class and then develop an infrastructure-related course track similar to the existing commercial and industrial that will allow students to take courses associated with heavy highway, utilities and process facility work”
He added, highlighting the importance of this collaboration with one of the best ranked colleges in the country:
“This means that when Webber hires a UH student most already have experience and a certification in hand. They are also a very diverse student body and most are originally from Texas”
The majority of the students at University of Houston work full time before attending classes in the evening or have prior experience. With the Construction program, they also gain a certification from American Institute of Constructors prior to graduation, showing that they have learned the best practices for management from a nationally recognized organization.
“Helping build our next generation of talent and leaders for Webber is a top priority to allow us to grow and be successful in the future”
“Partnerships with local collegues and trade schools are absolutely imperative as it allows us as an industry to have input into the curriculum and development to meet real-life business needs.”