How to Become a Construction Manager

Posted by Fitchburg State University on July 16, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Want to become a construction manager? Whether you’re a newly aspiring leader or are already in the profession but want to advance your career, this guide can help you navigate the path toward your professional goals.

Key Takeaways:
● Becoming a construction manager requires a blend of educational background,
industry experience, skills, and relevant certifications.
● Most employers seek construction managers with at least a bachelor’s degree.
● While technical proficiency is essential, don’t overlook the need to cultivate
business management and other soft skills that drive positive outcomes.
● Massachusetts ranks third in the nation for construction manager salaries.

Earn Your Degree

A college education is an important first step toward becoming a construction manager, as it provides the foundational knowledge to interpret blueprints, assess structural integrity, and ensure compliance with safety and quality standards.

For most entry-level positions, educational requirements include a bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, or a related discipline. Some employers may accept candidates with relevant experience or associate degrees, but many prefer a bachelor's degree.

Moreover, a master’s degree in construction management can give individuals an edge over the competition and increase their eligibility for higher-level positions.

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Center for Professional Studies' Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) - AP Biology, Transpiration

Posted by Andy Cunningham on July 15, 2024 at 11:58 AM

The Fitchburg State University Center for Professional StudiesAdvanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) week began this morning. In the AP Biology track, High School Teachers are conducting a week long transpiration experiment. The APSI are designed to support all aspects of AP courses, including AP methodology, curriculum, class assignments and examinations as well as providing strategies for teaching AP courses. Art & Design Educators spent the week long program in a combination of lecture, projects, and discussion to improve their teaching skills. 

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Topics: Center for Professional Studies, Health and Natural Sciences

Careers in Construction Management

Posted by Fitchburg State University on July 10, 2024 at 9:26 AM

Explore Career Opportunities in Construction Management

The construction industry is one of the largest in the country. With over seven million workers and the creation of nearly $2.1 trillion worth of structures each year, it’s safe to say the need for skilled trade professionals remains strong.

In fact, demand is only growing — the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be 38,700 openings for construction managers each year, on average, through 2032.

Building a career in construction management isn’t one-size-fits-all. From consulting to construction firms and in specialties as varied as road, home, or commercial construction, employers across industries need individuals with the experience and expertise to get the job done.

Learn more about how to start — or advance — a career in this in-demand field.

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Topics: Programs and Majors, Engineering Technology

Explore Music & Culture from Around the World

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on June 12, 2024 at 8:29 AM

Do you love music and wish you had the resources to travel the world experiencing it all first hand? Now you don't have to.


This fall from September 5 through October 23, World Music will be offered online at Fitchburg State. From the comfort of your home, you can experience the culture of Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Spain, Ireland, Latin America, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, and Indonesia.  

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Topics: Programs, Humanities

ALFA 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 22, 2024 at 2:45 PM

Our Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program celebrated it's  20th Anniversary with a celebration in the Falcon Hub. Associate Dean, 
School of Graduate, Online, and Continuing Education Dr. Lisa Moison and University President Dr. Richard Lapidus welcomed guests to the event. The celebration included a lunch buffet with the bluesy folk fusion of five-piece band Tattoo, awards and recognitions followed by a mini-sampling of current ALFA courses led by our community instructors.  performance by Tattoo   There is also a Community Gallery installation at the Fitchburg Art Museum through May 27. ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities.

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Topics: Center for Professional Studies, Community, Fitchburg Art Museum

128th Commencement Exercises - Graduate Ceremony

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 17, 2024 at 12:40 PM

Fitchburg State celebrated its 128th commencement exercises, graduate ceremony, on Thursday, May 16, 2024. The ceremony includes remarks from President Richard S. Lapidus as well as a speech by Master of Science in computer science recipient Ali Raza, the Spring 2024 recipient of the Graduate Student Leadership Award. Learn more about Ali, and the Graduate Commencement here.

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Topics: Events, Commencement, Graduate Programs

International Student Orientation - Spring Semester 2024

Posted by Andy Cunningham on January 12, 2024 at 3:00 PM

Director of International Education Nelly Wadsworth, and Assistant Director of Study Abroad Nicole Salerno welcomed this semester's cohort of International students at their orientation in the Hammond Maine Lounge. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Franca Barricelli welcomed students before a day full of information sessions, including a panel of current international students.

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Winter Commencement 2023

Posted by Andy Cunningham on December 28, 2023 at 12:49 PM

Fitchburg State University held the winter ceremony of its 127th commencement exercises at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 in the campus Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St.

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Topics: Student Experience, Our Students, Community, Commencement

MS in Applied Communication Information Session

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 28, 2023 at 1:45 PM

Communications Media Professor Kyle Moody hosted an information session, along with fellow Communications Media Professors J.J. Sylvia IV and Randy Howe remotely, to discuss the MS in Applied Communication with students interested in perusing an advanced degree. 

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Topics: Information Session, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media, Graduate Programs

ALFA - Ukulele: Further Adventures

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 28, 2023 at 10:58 AM

Paul Luria teaches and eager group pf ukulele enthusiasts for our Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program. Paul led the group in some seasonal selections as well as potential choices to play at the upcoming 20th Anniversary ALFA Art Show, May 22, 2024.  ALFA, a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities.

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Topics: Center for Professional Studies, Community, Education Program