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ACCE honors Seminole State partner Skanska USA with Founder’s Award

Students and faculty from Seminole State’s School of Engineering, Design and Construction received an exclusive tour of the Verizon construction site on International Parkway in Lake Mary in July, courtesy of Skanska.

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) has honored Skanska USA, a Seminole State College of Florida partner, with its 2013 Founder’s Award. The award recognizes Skanska’s current, past and continued support of quality construction education.

“We were quite humbly shocked to get this award,” says Bert Fonseca, project executive for Skanska’s Central Florida office. “The reward for us is that we have an opportunity to not limit ourselves to just seeing students on career days, but we get to know them in a more relaxed environment and gage their personalities and behaviors. It’s an invaluable partnership that we’ve created with the School of School of Engineering, Design and Construction at Seminole State.”

Skanska was nominated by Michael Staley, dean of the School of Engineering, Design and Construction. “

“Skanska's strong partnership with Seminole State College's construction program has been a valuable asset to its success,” Staley says. “Skanska has provided Seminole State’s construction students with opportunities for employment, internships, guest speakers, job site visits and project management simulation games just to name a few.”

Skanska also:

  • Provided guest lectures at Seminole State College and Lyman High School Engineering Magnet program, covering topics from codes and specifications to scheduling, contracts and marketing, as well as resume building and interview skills.
  • Hosted 25 students at an owner, architect, contractor meeting at Nemours Children’s Hospital.
  • Hosted accredited summer session co-op for 12 students at the Seminole State construction site(encompassed 10 three-hour class sessions, two hours of classroom discussion and one hour lab in the field).
  • Sponsored a project management simulation game where students work in teams to experience all of the activities, decision-making, and outcomes that occur during the course of managing a construction project.
  • Created nine internships for Seminole State students to work on active construction projects.
  • Participated in Seminole State career fairs and student chapters of professional organizations, such as USGBC Green Trade.
  • Is active in the College’s industry advisory committees.

Skanska has been invaluable in the early success of Seminole State’s recently launched baccalaureate construction program, Staley says. The program, the only program of its kind in Central Florida, launched in January 2011.

The award, which honors an individual, company, or organization that has demonstrated a profound effect on construction education, was presented at the ACCE summer meeting in Hartford, Conn., on July 25. ACCE is the national accrediting board for construction programs.

Seminole State’s Bachelor of Science in Construction program focuses on the latest industry trends and is based on the model set by the ACCE.

About the School of Engineering, Design and Construction: The School of Engineering, Design and Construction provides comprehensive programs leading to professional careers in the built environment. The School offers programs grounded in academic coursework, site visits and practical application of industry principles.

About Skanska USA: Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development networks in the country, serving a broad range of industries including healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, transportation, power, energy, water/wastewater and commercial. Headquartered in New York with 39 offices across the country, Skanska USA employs approximately 9,400 employees committed to sustainable construction and development and an injury-free workplace. Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction, and Skanska USA Civil, which focuses on civil infrastructure, generated $5.8 billion in revenue in 2012, representing 30 percent of Skanska’s global construction revenues. Development units Skanska USA Commercial Development, which invests in and develops office and multi-family projects in select U.S. markets, and Skanska Infrastructure Development Americas, which develops public-private partnerships, are both leaders in their selected markets. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $19.5 billion in 2012.

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