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Collin College Launches First Construction Safety Program in the United States

DALLAS, TX — Collin College Technical Campus in Allen, Texas, officially launched a construction safety program — a first of its kind in the country. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as entry-level construction safety officers by providing a wide variety of construction safety and management courses. The program also provides the opportunity to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree that is specific to the construction industry. Safety classes are woven into Collin College’s broader construction management program which is a “two plus two,” where students earn an associate degree after their first two years with the option to continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“Part of our mission as a college is to ensure there is a well-trained, career-ready workforce and the construction industry continues to be strong in Texas and around the country. Via our first of its kind construction safety program and safety lab, we are well positioned to provide the right education that will benefit students and employers,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, President of Collin College.

In support of Collin College’s efforts to educate next generation workers, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces the company’s five-year, $75,000 sponsorship of the construction safety lab. As part of its sponsorship, McCarthy receives naming rights of the lab. The McCarthy Safety Lab will offer hands-on educational opportunities to students in the construction management program. The lab will serve to build a pipeline of talent for the construction industry and offer construction safety students real-world learning opportunities. McCarthy, who has been integral in the program’s development, will provide guest lectures and demonstrations at the lab. Further, McCarthy’s gift will support the recruiting of students nationwide and yearly scholarships via the Construction Management Excellence Fund.

"Jobsite safety is the highest priority for McCarthy, and we are thrilled to partner with Collin College on this endeavor," said Nate Kowallis, Senior Vice President of Operations for McCarthy’s Dallas office. "As the region grows, we must be prepared to educate the next generation and combat the construction industry’s ongoing labor shortage. This safety lab will play a critical part in training and supporting our industry’s future workforce."

Recognized by the Association of General Contractors as the safest large contractor in the country, McCarthy emphasizes the importance of safety for its employees and trade partners. The company leads the industry in safety by implementing new measures and technologies including digitizing equipment checks, heat sensing technology, the use of drones in potentially dangerous situations, and mental health initiatives.

McCarthy constructed the Collin College Technical campus, which opened in fall 2020 and specializes in high-demand technical workforce education. Courses are available in automotive, construction, health care, information technology, and manufacturing.

“Collin College is proud to feature McCarthy as a prominent partner at our Technical Campus and construction program,” Matkin said. “McCarthy was an excellent partner in building this beautiful, state-of-the-art, and functional workforce campus, and we are thrilled to continue this collaboration as we expand our program that readies the next generations of workforce on all aspects of the construction industry.”