Baton Rouge Community College receives $142,000 donation to benefit its Construction Management Program

BRCC Construction Management Donation Photo: Members from the Baton Rouge Community College administrative team received a $142,580 donation from the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) and the Contractors’ Education Trust Fund on Thursday, October 21. Pictured (l to r) are: Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Philip L. Smith, Louisiana Associated General Contractors Operations Manager Michael Demouy, BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith, BRCC Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Sarah Barlow, and BRCC Construction Management Program Manager Gery Frie.

BRCC Construction Management Donation Photo: Members from the Baton Rouge Community College administrative team received a $142,580 donation from the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) and the Contractors’ Education Trust Fund on Thursday, October 21. Pictured (l to r) are: Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Philip L. Smith, Louisiana Associated General Contractors Operations Manager Michael Demouy, BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith, BRCC Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Sarah Barlow, and BRCC Construction Management Program Manager Gery Frie.

Baton Rouge Community College received a $142,000 donation from the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) and the Contractors’ Education Trust Fund during its October meeting. The donation is awarded annually to Construction Management programs for selected colleges or universities that meet the criteria set forth by the LSLBC. BRCC is one of four schools throughout the state that received the donation, and this marks the sixth consecutive year that the college’s Construction Management program was tapped for the gift.

“I am grateful that the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors continues to invest in our students and the Construction Management program,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith. “We are among a selected group of higher learning institutions in Louisiana to receive this donation, and it speaks to the quality of work and the amount of time that our faculty and staff invest in our students.”  

BRCC’s Construction Management program was recently granted reaccreditation by the Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) for a six-year period through July 2027. BRCC’s Construction Management program is the only two-year accredited program in the state of Louisiana, and one of only 15 two-year degree programs around the country that is accredited. The program is open to all students and can be completed in as few as four semesters. Students graduating from the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management.

“In 13 short years, our Construction Management program has grown from 20 to 250 students,” said BRCC Construction Management Program Manager Gery Frie. “The generous contribution from the Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund will help us further expand our world-class program.  On behalf of our Construction Management faculty, we appreciate their continued investment in Louisiana’s future.”

For more information about the Construction Management program, call 225.216.8260.  

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