Community College of Beaver County announced that it has appointed Justin Brooks as the new director of the college’s construction management program and the Mascaro Construction High School Academy. Both programs were developed as part of CCBC’s ongoing efforts to address the region’s workforce skills gap in the construction industry.

Brooks will be responsible for all operational, administrative, instructional, and financial activities of both the Associate Degree program in Construction Management as well as the Mascaro Construction Academy. He will serve as a community liaison by developing partnerships among the construction industry, career, and technology education centers, area high schools, other community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.

Brooks will also oversee the development of new courses and curriculum materials for the Construction Management programs, which will become available as early as Fall 2020. The program will be available to non-traditional students, such as adults wanting to enter a new career field or trades people who would like to pursue advancement in areas like project management, estimating, engineering, or architecture.

Brooks has more than a decade of engineering and construction industry experience. He joins CCBC from Civil & Environmental Consultants, where he was a project management, a consultant and a designer. He also worked at 84 Lumber as permit coordinator. Brooks earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio University, a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from Point Park University and an Associate’s degree in Specialized Technology from ITT Technical Institute.

Building on the best practices and expertise developed through CCBC’s leadership of its High School Academies, CCBC received a $500,000 gift from Mascaro Construction to name and create the Mascaro Construction Academy as a partnership approach to addressing the critical workforce challenges facing the region’s construction industry. The Mascaro Construction Academy provides a multi-pronged approach to closing this skills gap by tailoring learning to meet the needs of industry and by engaging students at multiple levels during their educational journey. CCBC’s Mascaro Construction Academy, which began enrolling students from participating school districts and the region’s career and technology centers in Fall 2019, offers a blended curriculum that allows students to complete up to 30 college credits before high school graduation.

CCBC’s High School Academy program, which was the recent recipient of the Carnegie Science Center’s Leadership in STEM Education Award, provides pathways to high-demand career fields for high school students from across Western Pennsylvania. Launched in 2015 with its signature Aviation Academy, the program has grown to house four academies and to serve close to 200 students from nearly 40 school districts throughout the region. Through a nationally distinctive and innovative dual enrollment model, high school juniors and seniors explore careers in Aviation, Health, STEM, and Criminal Justice, receive hands-on instruction from college faculty, and acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students who devote two years of study to the program will graduate high school with one year of credits toward CCBC’s associate degree programs or programs at other colleges and universities.

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