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Construction management program partners with Rockville, Md. firm

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013

    ROCKVILLE, MD - (June 12, 2013) - UMES in the Construction Management Technology program at The Universities at Shady Grove now have an opportunity to get hands-on training with an award-winning construction firm after company officials and educators endorsed a new cooperative education agreement.

    Leaders from the UMES School of Business and Technology, USG and Grunley Construction Co. recently signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize a partnership to provide "meaningful, co-curricular learning opportunities for students, while growing a diverse talent pool of candidates for Grunley's employment pipeline."

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    Front (from left) Derrek Dunn, Department of Technology chair, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Greg Druga, president, Grunley Construction; Stewart Edelstein, executive director, Universities at Shady Grove. Back row (from left) students Aleksey Polyakov and Elizabeth Hussein; Bijan Shapoorian, program director, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Construction Management Program at USG


    USG is a regional campus of the University System of Maryland, where it offers academic programs in collaboration with nine state universities, including UMES in Princess Anne. Grunley's headquarters is in Rockville less than a mile from the Shady Grove campus in Montgomery County.

    "Our firm is firmly committed to excellence and to doing all we can to ensure that the construction management industry in this fast-growing region is helping to prepare, attract and retain the highest quality professionals possible," said Gregory M. Druga, President of Grunley Construction Company, Inc. "We're excited to be teaming up with UMES and USG to launch such an innovative co-op program that will give these construction management technology students an incomparable on-the-job learning experience and an intensive opportunity to explore their career interests and develop their skills."

    "UMES is pleased to provide our well-respected Construction Management Technology program at The Universities at Shady Grove and we are excited to partner with Grunley Construction Co., which has such an outstanding reputation in our region," UMES President Juliette B. Bell said. "This is a 'win-win' for our students, who will have opportunities to gain critical, real-world experience while earning academic credit toward their bachelor's degrees."


    Among the stated objectives in the newly forged pact between UMES, USG and Grunley:

    • Support and promote student recruitment, internships, career development and employment in the field of Construction Management.
    • Develop educational and engagement activities beneficial to UMES, USG and Grunley.
    • Prepare and empower students to achieve their professional and career related goals through collaborative and innovative experiential learning programs.
    • Prepare students to become future professionals, while also meeting the evolving workforce needs of Maryland, Montgomery County and the surrounding region.
    • Identify and develop a highly qualified talent pool for sustainable employment with Grunley Construction.

    “One of the aspects of The Universities at Shady Grove that we are so proud of is that virtually everything we do to provide students with the best possible experience starts with creating and maximizing the benefits of unique partnerships,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of USG and Associate Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland. “This new partnership with UMES and Grunley Construction is a prime example and will generate phenomenal opportunities for students who are selected to participate in the program.”

    To apply for the co-op program - in which eligible students will be able to earn an hourly wage from Grunley and academic credit from UMES - students must be enrolled in the UMES Construction Management program at USG as a junior or senior with a grade point average of at least 2.5.

    Participating students must also go through a pre-screening process conducted by USG's Career and Internship Services Center. Upon successful completion of required work, UMES will award participating students two credits for every 240 hours worked. The students may receive up to four credits maximum through this co-op program.

    Other opportunities for participating students will include the chance to earn a $300 book scholarship from Grunley, upon placement in the program; a monetary bonus for successful completion of each of four departmental rotations within the company; professional development and certification opportunities; and an assigned mentor from the Grunley team.

    Visit  and search for “Grunley” for more information on the cooperative education partnership between UMES, USG and Grunley Construction Company, Inc. Or, contact contact program director Bijan Shapoorian  at (301) 738-6214.