Industry Advisory Board and Survey

​Construction Management Industry Advisory Board Members

Jackson BanksGreyhawk Services
Alex CavenderCavender Homes
Eric ClevelandAlpha Testing
Jessie Hall*BeckGroup
Keith Hanspard*Andres Construction
Jeff HarrisUnited Mechanical
Kenneth HenrichsonPanterra Construction
Robb James ML Gray Partnership
Chris KloepperBeckGroup
Gail MisenerHabitat for Humanity
Matt Mitchell
Kristen OrtizHill-Wilkinson
Carl RoegnerRetired
Ron RussellDallas College

*Dallas College Construction Management Program alumni

Industry Survey

QuestionCompany #1Company #2Company #3Company #4Company #5Company #6
Your CompanyAlpha TestingDallas CollegeJames Andrews Custom HomesDallas Area Habitat for HumanityML Gray Partnership, LLCThe Beck Group
Your Company's locationDallas, TexasDallas, TXDallas, TXDallas TX 75212Dallas, TXDallas, TX
Your company's primary businessGeotechnical and Materials TestingEducationHome Buildingproviding affordable housing ConstructionConstruction Management & Architecture
How many years have you served on our IAB?253-Feb3 years22.5
Is our current curriculum addressing the needs of the construction industry in the DFW Metroplex?yesyesyesyesMostlyyes
If your answer to the preceding question is mostly or needs improvement, please share your ideas of how the program can be improved.    More hands on, more labs 
Please list some emerging trends in the industry (of which you are aware) that we can address with the CM program at North Lake College.Constant improvements on softwareWe are currently moving to Microsoft Project Scheduling due to AB input. Additional work should be done to move the field people to more uses of technology to build with.Building science always getting more important.I don't know that this is an emerging trend but we are looking at ICF as an option for new residential construction and considering its impact on our subs.BIM, PM softwareUse of BIM in all aspects of construction. Especially in the field and preconstruction.
How many openings does your company have in a given year?1more1333
Would you hire graduates from our program (we are not asking for a commitment)?YesYesYesYesYesYes
If your answer to the previous question was no, will you please share why not?      
Do you see a value in the CM Certificate program?YesYesYesYesYesYes
If your answer to the previous question was no, will you please share why not?      
What soft skill gaps should we address in our classes to better prepare our graduates for effective performance in the construction industry?Communication. Some times you need to use the phoneReading and writing comprehensionDress to impressCommunications - what, how and who needs to be kept informed. Communication, public speaking, acoountingCommunication. It seems students today need to be better prepared for face to face and formal written communications. Business is not accomplished via text and text type communications. Students need to understand professional communication.
Will you consider providing field trip opportunities for the program each semester?YesMaybeYesYesYesYes
Will you consider providing internships, either short or long term, for our students?YesMaybeYesYesYesYes
Will you consider sharing drawings and specifications of small projects for use in our courses?MaybeMaybeYesYesYesYes
Will you consider mentoring a student?YesYesYesYesYesYes
Will you consider allowing a student to 'job shadow' you?MaybeYesYesYesYesYes
Will you consider speaking to a class to share insight into the industry?YesYesYesMaybeYesYes
Will you consider teaching with us as an adjunct?NoYesYesNoNoNo
Finally, will you consider, either individually or as a group (NLC-CM-IAB), providing one or more small scholarships for the students? The awarding protocols would be entirely up to the IAB.YesMaybeYesYesYesMaybe