Emerging Professionals in Construction Program

EPIC: An education program to build the skills of your management team – Invest in your Management Team TODAY to Insure your firm’s continued success in the Future!

The continued success of your firm and the local construction industry depends upon our ability to expand the skills of individuals who are new to the industry and prepare them for the professional leadership roles of tomorrow. The Washtenaw Contractors Association’s Emerging Professionals in Construction Program (EPIC) will play a key role in this effort.

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WHO Should Participate?

The EPIC program is targeted to those in their early years as a professional in the construction industry in the Washtenaw County area including:

• Those who are in one of their first positions after completing their education
• Those who have transitioned from a career in a different industry
• Those who are new to the construction industry in this geographic region
• Trades people who have recently moved into management positions

WHAT is the Program Format?

• Monthly half-day programs from September through May (program participants will participate in the planning of the educational session so they meet their specific needs)
• Participation in the WCA’s JUST BUILD IT! Construction Career Expo on October 31st and Annual Meeting in June
• Attendance at the Kick-Off Session and a minimum of seven of the nine education sessions is required for graduation

WHERE and WHEN will the program meet?

• The half-day (8:00 AM – 12:15 PM) Kick Off and educational sessions will be conducted at Washtenaw Community College on the second Thursday of each month from September 2017 through May 2018. (Note: the location may change if field trips are incorporated into any of these sessions.)

• The Career Expo will be conducted at EMU and the WCA Annual Meeting will be at an Ann Arbor area hotel

WHY should we participate?

Employers – The EPIC program is an investment in your professional management team. Your firm is only as good as its people!

Employees – The EPIC program will help you advance your career by having seasoned professionals share how they achieved success in our local construction industry, by learning about other aspects of the industry that are important to your own work, and by having the opportunity to build lasting business relationships.

COST to participate?

• $900 per person for WCA Members which includes the September kick off session, seven monthly educational sessions, and one volunteer day with continental breakfast and lunch each day; lunch at the Career Expo, and the WCA Annual Meeting registration

• $1200 per person for Non-Members (Note: the $300 non-member premium will be credited towards the annual WCA membership fee if the firm joins by October 1, 2017)

Schedule

Note: Educational Sessions will follow the same chronology as an actual project. They will include panelists from various sectors of the industry that will offer “real world” experience and advice

Sept. 14, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #1 – Kick Off Session/ Team Building
Oct. 12, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #2 – Educational Session – Bidding Process
Oct. 31, 2017 Two-hour slot (will vary) JUST BUILD IT! Construction Career Expo (Participants will volunteer for this)
Nov. 9, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #3 – Educational Session – Contract Review
Dec. 14, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #4 – Educational Session – Procurement, Approvals & Labor Relations
Jan. 11, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #5 – Educational Session – Scheduling
Feb. 8, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #6 – Educational Session – Change Management & Dispute Resolution
Mar. 8, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #7 – Educational Session – Close Out & Lien Law
Apr. 12, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM #8 – Educational Session – Personal Skills Improvement & Technology
May 10, 2018 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM #9 – Educational Session – Presentation Skills
May 31, 2018 (tentative) 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM WCA Annual Meeting & EPIC Graduation Ceremony

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