College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Construction Management program is one of the best in the nation. With nearly 100% of its undergraduate students having a job set in place before graduation, it is interesting seeing students pass on the opportunity to stay and work in the area in which they are taught about the profession. There are many local builders in the Central Coast that are looking for new-hires, and with all the new developments starting up in nearby cities, as in San Luis Obispo; newly graduates are choosing instead to look and go elsewhere to start their careers in the industry. There seems to be a disconnect between the Construction Management students and local builders in the area; However, if communication is established, and relationships are built, then this could result to students choosing to stay as opposed to leave. This would In turn, help stimulate and grow the local economy, making it possible for more construction projects, and opportunities to flourish. The question here is, what have been the common misconceptions, and factors that have resulted to students searching for employment upon graduation elsewhere and not in the central coast. Surveying the current undergraduate Construction Management students and reaching out to local well-known builders are ways in which this information can be attained. The results would benefit both parties in that it could lead the way to bridging the gap between the program and builders in the community. It would also open doors to students and newly graduates to stay.