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April 17, 2013
Kraus-Anderson and Century College receive $197,000 grant to develop construction technology training
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 2013) – Kraus-Anderson Construction, in partnership with Century College, has been awarded a $197,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to develop technical training that addresses “Emerging Technologies in Commercial Construction.” The training will focus on the high-tech integration of cutting-edge tools and materials, and methods of construction, project management and technology.
“This grant partnership is a great example of Minnesota companies, training institutions and the state working together to customize training to fit business needs,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In addition, Century College will benefit by the development of new technology courses applicable to the construction industry as well as other industries.”
Century College and Kraus Anderson will partner to provide training for new and existing personnel in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), new construction materials and processes, and the use of mobile technologies. The staff will also refine protocols and develop training materials that integrate VDC and mobile applications, using VDC tools like Autodesk Revit for design and processing work orders via iPad and iPhone applications.
Century College is the largest two-year institution in the MnSCU system.
“This funding is very timely, as we continue to forge ahead with a number of initiatives that integrate technology in the workplace in a way that enhances effectiveness, maximizes efficiency, and promotes communication and collaboration,” said Mike Smoczyk, Kraus-Anderson’s director of education. “With Century’s help, we plan to develop course content and to greatly expand our use and implementation of innovative construction technology.”
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.