Shawnee Community College partners with Southern and Central Laborers’ Union to announce new online AAS degree in construction management

Members of The Southern and Central Illinois Laborers include, left to right, Joe Davis, Griffin Goetz, Clint Taylor, Gene Honn, Saints Foundation, Jerry Womick, Claude Sadler, Karen Houston, Shawnee College Payroll Specialist, Dr. Kristen Shelby, Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Learning and Peggy Bradford, Shawnee Community College President.

Ullin – Local residents now have another option for enhancing their skills for a career in construction trades. A recent partnership between Shawnee Community College and the Southern and Central Laborers’ Union provides students with an opportunity to earn an AAS Degree in Construction Management through the college. The program is open to students who have been accepted as a union apprentice or have graduated from the Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program (ILCJATP) allowing these individuals to further their academic progress through the online AAS degree in Construction Management.

The AAS degree in Construction Management is a cohort-based program that is 100 percent online with 24/7 tutoring services. LBR-designated courses are scheduled and taught by union instructors according to the apprenticeship cycle. SCC will provide general education courses taken by enrolled students. Students may also have an option of enrolling in a regularly scheduled SCC general education course or enrollment in a flexibly-scheduled course for convenience.

During a recent meeting, local labor leaders met with college president Peggy Bradford to present a check for $10,000 to the Saint’s Foundation of Shawnee College. The money is to be used to provide scholarships to qualified individuals desiring placement in the new AAS program.

“We are grateful to Mr. Clint Taylor and the members of the Southern and Central Laborers’ Union for partnership on behalf of skilled laborers throughout our region. We are excited to offer this degree program as a fully online option,” remarked Bradford.

“This program will make it easier for the hardworking men and women in our local labor force to obtain their degree and further their career. We are excited to begin this journey with them in reaching their goals.”

For more information about this new opportunity, contact Ms. Leslie Cornelious-Weldon, Career Services Coordinator at 618-634-3337 or lesliec@shawneecc.edu for more information about enrolling in the program.

-- The Southern

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