of the key components of success in any career is continually expanding
your knowledge and skills related to your chosen profession. However, it
is one thing to understand the importance of developing your potential,
and it is another to fit continuing professional education into an
already busy schedule.
work responsibilities and family obligations, finding time to squeeze in
classes can be tough. This is especially true for those whose jobs find
them working unpredictable or long hours. One resource to consider is
classes offered through professional associations affiliated with your
industry. These classes have the advantage of being tailored to your
needs, as well as offering flexibility.
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a leader in
occupational education. The association offers its members a wide
variety of opportunities to grow in their careers by continuing their
education. "The construction industry offers so many different
career options, we want to help our members determine the best fit for
their aspirations and then help them pursue and achieve their
goals," says Dennis Day, AGC's executive director for public
the Power of the Internet
AGC Online Institute delivers, manages and tracks training through the
Internet. It enables organizations to efficiently train any number of
employees, customers or the general public through self-paced courses.
Online Institute combines all the elements of a training program, such
as delivery, access to instructors, training administration and students
into one Web site. Students get a valuable, interactive learning
experience, which features modular content, peer discussion groups and
online instructors. Courses range from "Hazardous Waste Operations
and Emergency Response," to how to run an effective meeting.
content is presented in self-paced modules that give students the
flexibility to structure their learning around any schedule. Students
always know where they are in the course and can immediately return to
where they left off.
exercises are modelled after a traditional classroom so students have a
hands-on experience that will help reinforce the material and prepare
students to take the exams that are given after most modules.
Today, Leading Tomorrow
also offers its members a Supervisory Training Program (STP) designed
specifically to meet the needs of the construction industry. Developed,
updated and field-tested by and for contractors, the program consists of
11 courses that focus on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor
must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and
its inception in 1976, more than 100,000 people have participated in one
or more STP classes. Each course is activity-based with discussions,
case histories, problems and exercises. Participants draw upon their own
field experiences and learn by interaction with others from all areas of
the construction industry.
can fine-tune their careers with AGC's Management Development Programs,
ranging from a construction project manager course to an advanced
management program and a leadership in construction workshop.
classes are the industry's premier educational offerings for those who
want to hone their leadership skills as they advance in their careers.
The management classes are intensive programs taught over a span of
three days to a full week.
of the construction industry take their careers very seriously,"
says Day. "AGC's role is to help these high achievers reach their
goals, while at the same time making sure that our industry has a steady
supply of well-trained, uncompromising individuals."
more information on AGC and its training programs, contact the
association at its Web site at www.AGC.org.