“Completing the BCT program has put me in a strong position to succeed in the construction industry”

We just received a note from a BCT Alumnus: Professor Damery, I want to thank you for running such a fantastic BCT program. Completing the program has put me in a strong position to succeed in the construction industry and I have been employed at A/Z Corporation in North Stonington, CT for the last two months. I was hired as Project Controls Associate and I frequently reference the skills and knowledge I acquired throughout four years in the BCT program. When I interviewed for the job, I was asked in depth about the courses I took at UMass and my interviewers were very impressed. They were especially impressed with the emphasis BCT put on sustainable building practices. I want to thank you again for the work you have done with the BCT program and wanted to let you know how well it prepared me for a job in the industry. Hope all is well. Regards, Mark Gabrielle Project Controls Associate A/Z Corporation Glad to hear that, Mark!...
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BCT Alumni Successful at Amherst’s Integrity Development & Construction Firm

We at BCT always love to hear what our alumni are doing. It was therefore very nice to see how successful two of our former students (from when we were called BMATWT) are at the local development and construction firm Integrity Development & Construction. Here are two features taken from recent press releases: Anna Novey (BS '04): Anna started working part time at Integrity in 2002 while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Building Materials and Wood Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She joined the company full time after graduating in 2004, growing her experience in all aspects of the trade as she perfected her role as project manager. She is a licensed construction supervisor and is LEAD Certified. In late 2012, Anna Novey joined into a business partnership with Peter Jessop and Heidi Flanders of Integrity Development & Construction, Inc., in Amherst, MA. “I’ve grown up within the company,” Novey said, noting she started at Integrity while a sophomore in college....
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BCT Graduate Speaks at the White House

BCT Graduate Speaks at the White House

Yesterday, a White House Champions of Change event honored five young leaders for outstanding leadership on their college campuses. They were chosen by the public for projects that embody the President’s goal to win the future. As part of this group, the UMass Permaculture team was represented by Ryan Harb (shown on the right side of the image above). Ryan was the first BCT graduate student in the Green Building option of our Masters program. Congratulations from everyone at BCT for this amazing achievement! You can watch the full video on the White House web site. More information about the Permaculture team can be found on their blog....
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Recent BCT graduate creates permaculture garden at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is taking another groundbreaking step toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and combating global climate change by implementing one of the first permaculture gardens on a public university campus in the country. The scope of this project is considerable; UMass students are responsible for transforming a conventional ¼ acre grass landscape into a highly productive and low maintenance garden using no fossil fuels on-site. This involves layering over 150,000 pounds of organic matter by hand during October and November 2010. UMass Amherst Auxiliary Services fully supports and funds this project as it is part of the campus-wide Sustainability Initiative. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer, has been hired as the Auxiliary Services Sustainability Specialist to design and implement the UMass Permaculture Garden with help from eight passionate and hardworking undergraduate students. Auxiliary Services will feed UMass students with the garden’s fresh, local, not-yet-certified organic produce. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer and LEED Accredited Professional, received his...
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