College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Mark Montoya, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The central coast of California, has not been a historically proclaimed region that produces large construction projects. The area is well known for other industries, such as the agriculture industry. It is an area that continues to grow interest and persuade these high school students into. Over the years, construction has been growing in the area and can be perceived through the development projects happening in the Central Coast region. Various general contractors have made a move into the central coast looking into expanding their company. This can potentially generate various employment opportunities. This qualitative case study aims to examine the interest Santa Maria High School students have in the construction industry. A structured interview was used to collect data from the eight guidance counselors at the high school. The data reflects the socio-economic structure of this particular school zone and how it impacts the knowledge gap negatively. With less education/knowledge about the construction industry, the demand to incorporate this industry into school curriculums, clubs, funding, internship opportunities etc. will be minimal. Thus, creating an ongoing cycle that is reflected within the students in Santa Maria High School according to the observations of the qualitative data gathered.

Senior Project Poster Board.pptx.pdf (474 kB)
Poster Board