School and Ranking Information
While Arlington has only two for-profit schools that offer programs in this field of study, there are more than a dozen other institutions within a 50-mile radius of the city. Based on program options, special services, and program popularity, the top three public or private nonprofit schools with construction management programs near Arlington can be found across the state line in Maryland.
- Winner: Frederick Community College offers the most program options in construction management and awarded the most degrees and certificates in this field in 2011-2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Runner-Up #1: Montgomery College was the only nationally ranked school among the top three.
- Runner-Up #2: Prince George's Community College students can choose from three options in this field and have several opportunities to obtain hands-on experience.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Frederick Community College||Montgomery College||Prince George's Community College|
|Ranking||N/A||24th leading producer of associate's degrees in the nation for 2012*||N/A|
|Location||Frederick, MD (about 44 miles from Arlington)||Rockville, MD (around 15 miles from Arlington)||Largo, MD (roughly 19 miles from Arlington)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$3,097 in-district; $6,058 in-state; $8,257 out-of-state**||$4,452 in-district; $8,664 in-state; $11,724 out-of-state**||$3,410 in-district; $5,186 in-state; $7,418 out-of-state**|
|Construction Management Programs Offered||Letter of recognition; certificates; associate's degrees||Certificates; associate's degrees||Letter of recognition; certificates; associate's degrees|
|Construction Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||18**||15**||12**|
|Most Popular Construction Management Program (2011-2012)||Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management and Supervision (13 awarded)**||Management of Construction Certificate (10 awarded)**||Construction Management Certificate (8 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2008 Entering Class||18% (31% transfer-out rate)**||15% (29% transfer-out rate)**||9% (22% transfer-out rate)**|
|Noteworthy||Transfer agreements with 2 nearby schools||Roughly half of all 1-year certificates awarded were in construction management in 2010-2011**||3 co-operative education elective courses available in associate's degree program|
Sources: *Community College Week, **National Center for Education Statistics.
Winner: Frederick Community College
- Offers 4 program options in construction management
- Has the highest graduation and transfer-out rates of the 3 top schools
- Program faculty are experienced in the field of construction management
Students can choose from among 4 different construction management program options at Frederick Community College, including a 9-credit Letter of Recognition program covering introductory management concepts. The school's 21-credit construction technology certificate program also offers some basic training in construction management principles along with courses in construction materials and blueprints. The construction management and supervision certificate and associate's degree programs include additional courses covering site management, business communications and construction law. Students who enroll in these programs can also participate in internships, study green building methods and learn about applied trade skills used in the construction industry.
Runner-Up #1: Montgomery College
- Students compete in annual nationwide construction management contests
- Student Constructors Association offers access to national organizations in related fields and opportunities to participate in seminars and service projects
- Transfer agreement in place with a Maryland 4-year school for students interested in a bachelor's degree in construction management
At Montgomery College, students can choose from a certificate and associate's degree program in management of construction. The certificate program is open to working professionals who want to expand their knowledge of the field by taking courses in estimating, field operations, legal issues and scheduling. The associate's degree program offers the same courses in addition to general education courses. These programs have flexible scheduling options for students who are working in the field, including evening courses. An advisory committee made up of construction industry professionals reviews the programs periodically to make sure curricula reflect up-to-date industry standards and trends.
Runner-Up #2: Prince George's Community College
- 3 program options in construction management
- Students can apply credits earned in letter of recognition and certificate programs to the associate's degree program
- Has a 16 to 1 student-faculty ratio, according to the NCES
Both technical and business concepts are covered in the programs offered at Prince George's Community College. The Letter of Recognition in Construction Technology program features short-term training in construction project management. Students in the certificate program take additional courses in construction planning, scheduling and estimating. A team project is part of the associate's degree program, along with courses in construction communication, management accounting and computer usage. Students in this program can also take elective courses in residential construction management, construction codes and entrepreneurship. These programs are part of the school's Division of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which employs 75 full-time faculty members.