Constructor - November/December 2017 - 17

CHAPTER CONNECTION

Sundt Partnering with Central Arizona College to
Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
IN A CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY that

expects to have two million fewer workers than it will need in just three years,
Tempe-based Sundt Construction and
Central Arizona College (CAC), located
in nearby Coolidge, are working on
unique ways to recruit and train skilled
workers.
In the spring of 2016, Sundt
Construction approached CAC to explore
an apprenticeship partnership in heavy
equipment operations. During these
discussions, a larger gap in available
skilled workers emerged, leading Sundt
and CAC to conclude that expanding the
partnership beyond the apprenticeship
was necessary and warranted.
There was one major and significant
obstacle for CAC; most of its construction
courses and curriculum were outdated
and focused primarily on residential
building. In order to meet the growing
needs of commercial construction, CAC
administrators worked with Sundt leadership to develop four craft trade pathways in structural welding, industrial
construction, pipefitting and concrete
construction technology.
These new pathways, as well as heavy
equipment operator, were designed to:
* align with NCCER Core Certification
and American Welding Society
requirements
* embed OSHA 30
* consist of 30 college credit hours
* include "soft" skills
* lead to level 1 and 2 certification in
the trade as well as a CAC credential
The most unique attribute of this partnership is the fact that every aspect of
the courses and programs was designed
jointly by Sundt and CAC. This was a
pivotal moment in traditional higher education course and program development
and design.

@Constr uctor Ma g

To the left of the wall - Dan Haag, Sundt chief administrative officer; Sundt employees
Austin Nalwood and Darry Welker; Brent Crouch, CAC welding professor; and in front,
Sundt employee Robert Kosmatka. To the right of the wall - Ken Smith, CAC welding
professor; CAC students Patrick Lopez and Jesse Sankey; James Busch, professor diesel
technology and heavy equipment operator; and Jenni Cardenas, CAC interim vice
president student services.

The process started with the specific
craft competencies and skills needed by
Sundt and ended with five customized
and tailored academic pathways. This
has led to a true partnership where
Sundt provides instructors for two of
the pathways and equipment for pipefitting and welding, and CAC furnishes
on-site lab space and instruction. CAC
and Sundt built these pathways in less
than three months, which enabled
students to begin coursework in
August 2017.

Once students earn their certificates,
those who are hired by Sundt receive
a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to help
defray the cost of the $2,500 program.

THE NEW APPROACH IS
WORKING
CAC's construction technology program
was dwindling with fewer than 10 students
enrolled annually. At the beginning of the
2017 fall semester, more than 100 students
were already enrolled in the CAC-Sundt
Pre-employment Training Opportunities.◆

The most unique attribute of this partnership is the
fact that every aspect of the courses and programs
was designed jointly by Sundt and CAC. This was
a pivotal moment in traditional higher education
course and program development and design.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 33
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 35
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 37
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 46
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 50
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 51
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 52
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 53
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover4
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