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LCC’s construction program rates high

LCC’s construction program rates high
  • On January 31, 2020

By Maddy Warren
Staff Writer

Construction Management is one of the many exciting degree programs LCC offers. Located at the west campus, it gives students many hands-on learning experiences to prepare for a future in construction.

There are four pathways that determine which classes students take for the degree program: Building Construction, Heavy/Civil Construction, Electrical Construction, and HVAC/Mechanical Construction.

Students can receive a Certificate of Achievement, which can be accomplished in a year and a half. ranked the online program the “best” for 2019. Scott De Ruischer, lead faculty of Construction Management and Building Construction at LCC, discussed the evaluation process.

“ is a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning,” De Ruischer said. “They announced the top 50 Construction Management Degree programs for 2020. Lansing Community College was ranked No. 25 in the nation and is the only community college listed in the top 50.”

A total of 139 colleges and universities were evaluated. Factors, such as graduation rate and the quality of the curriculum, were taken into account.
An associate degree in Construction Management can be completed in two years at LCC.

“I’ve been in the program for about a year now, so I have about two more full semesters to go,” student Jesse Hawkins said. “I’m dual majoring in Construction Management and Building Construction.”

Hawkins said he has had a fantastic experience in the program. He said one thing that sets LCC’s program apart from the rest is the instructors.
“Scott definitely puts so much work and effort into this,” Hawkins said.
“Dustin (Phelps) as well. He’s our lab tech and he helps supply everything. Without those two, this program wouldn’t be nearly as functional and as excellent as it is.”

Hawkins said he hopes the rankings the program received will allow the program to be fully accredited in the future, specifically with the ability to transfer to universities like Michigan State.

“The best part of this acknowledgment is program awareness,” De Ruischer said. “Many people have no idea that there is (a) Construction Management program at Lansing Community College. So hopefully this will bring further program awareness not only to Lansing, but the entire state of Michigan.”

For more information on the Construction Management program at LCC contact Scott De Ruischer at

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