Atlanta-Area Construction Programs
Students who want to work in construction have many educational options in the Atlanta area. This article looks at three public schools, all a half-hour's drive or less from the city center. Also included is a table that allows prospective students to easily compare important facts about the schools, such as enrollment info and costs. There is a little information about two other nearby schools that offer construction training.
- Atlanta Technical College (ATC), about four miles from downtown, offers a construction management certificate program.
- Students at Kennesaw State University can pursue several certificates, a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in construction. This school is around 18 miles from the city center.
- Gwinnett Technical College, around 28 miles from downtown Atlanta, offers two construction management associate's degree programs, along with numerous certificates.
Comparison of Schools
When choosing a school, students should look at many factors. The following table provides a convenient method of comparing the three institutions profiled in this article, helping individuals make an informed decision.
|Atlanta Technical College||Kennesaw State University||Gwinnett Technical College|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||35,846*||8,321*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816 in-state, $4,952 out-of-state*||$6,347 in-state, $17,329 out-of-state*||$2,868 in-state, $5,004 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||91%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||61%*||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% for full-time; 42% for part-time students*||78% for full-time; 59% for part-time students*||61% for full-time; 53% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||44% (Began studies in 2014)*||42% (Began studies in 2011)*||36% (Began studies in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Students enrolled at Atlanta Technical College can pursue certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees. Areas of study at the college include carpentry, air conditioning, construction management, welding and joining technology, plumbing and drafting.
Construction Manager Technical Certificate of Credit
The construction manager certificate program requires that students complete 22-23 hours of coursework. Courses teach students about drafting, estimating, accounting, contracting and scheduling. Graduates of the program are qualified for entry-level construction management positions.
Kennesaw State University
Students at Kennesaw State University have the opportunity to pursue programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Construction Management Department offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in construction management and four certificates that provide training in the field.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
This program offers tracks in areas including general, land development or specialty construction. All programs include instruction in residential and commercial construction methods, terminology, blueprint reading and safety. The general track focuses on structures, project management and estimating. Students interested in site planning, building codes, estimating and construction finance can complete the land development track. The specialty concentration provides training on energy efficient construction. Students in all programs receive practical experience and complete a final project that follows specific track guidelines.
Master of Science in Construction Management
Students in this 36-credit graduate program learn about construction law, estimation and bidding practices and risk analysis. Students receive job placement assistance after graduation and automatic membership to the Constructors' Guild. To complete the program, students must complete a final thesis or construction project.
Gwinnett Technical College
Students at Gwinnett Technical College can pursue academic coursework, continuing educational opportunities, adult education and career services. The school offers students the opportunity to pursue several programs in residential and commercial construction at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels.
Associate of Applied Science in Residential Construction Management
This program is designed for students who want to work in a construction management supervisory capacity. Students take courses in safety, materials, print reading, site layout, exterior/interior finishing, accounting, estimating, drafting, contracting and scheduling.
Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Construction Management
The commercial construction management associate's degree program is 62 credits and can be completed in five semesters. Students in the program gain the problem-solving and technical skills and construction knowledge necessary to work in the field. Courses cover topics in construction and development, building technologies, estimating, safety, scheduling, construction law, project management and construction principles.
More School Options
Students in the Atlanta area can also pursue construction training at Southern Crescent Technical College and Lanier Technical College. The schools are a respective 36.5 miles and 49 miles away from downtown Atlanta.