Christopher S. Ray, Associate Professor of Construction Management, has recently procured private funding to launch the Center for Construction Subcontractor Excellence. The Centerâ€™s mission is to help construction subcontractors become better business people by providing training, education and individual consultation in contracting business skills.
â€śIn today’s environment, many individuals have taken it upon themselves to start their own contracting businesses,â€ť Ray says. â€śOur mission is to assist these motivated individuals in growing great businesses.”
Ray will head up this new venture as its Executive Director while the program is under development.
â€śWe plan to include qualified university faculty and staff in our consulting activities,â€ť Ray says. â€śMany professors and staff have significant industry skill, knowledge and talent that can be tapped and used to facilitate our target audience.â€ť
In addition to assisting new ventures, the Center will be offering various seminars and training classes to professional contracting organizations and companies looking to improve their staffâ€™s performance.
Seminars being offered include:
â€˘ Contract fundamentals
â€˘ General conditions of the contract for construction
â€˘ Documentation fundamentals
â€˘ Proposal development
â€˘ Killer clauses in contracts