New construction projects are cropping up across Michigan. From the cinema theatre, retail and hotel plaza named “Studio C” in Grand Rapids to the $70 million State Capitol infrastructure upgrade in Lansing, or the Little Caesars Arena and Q-Line in Detroit, the construction business is buzzing in the state.

Another significant project soon to start in Michigan is the NEXUS natural gas transmission project. Spanning 255 miles, it is estimated to support 6,800 jobs, more than $650 million in wages, and $830 million in total economic activity. When complete it will deliver nearby, low cost natural gas to the state.

With all this Michigan work, it’s not surprising that construction companies have expressed concerns about having a skilled and available workforce to meet the demand.

In support of the growing need for people in the construction management field, Eastern Michigan University students recently received a $50,000 grant from NEXUS for the University’s Construction Management Program. The money will go toward safety equipment, training and educational travel.

EMU’s construction management program prepares students for careers like construction manager, project manager, estimator, purchasing/expediting agent, contractor/sub-contractor, code enforcement officer, and building inspector. These are key jobs when it comes to getting construction done safely, on-time and on budget.

At the check presentation ceremony held at EMU’s Student Center, Mohamad Qatu, dean of the College of Technology said the university was grateful for the donation adding that it would allow students to gain further hands-on experience in the construction industry.

As partners in the NEXUS project, DTE Energy representatives attended the check presentation. In addition to NEXUS, DTE also is making significant infrastructure upgrades in both its natural gas and electric utilities.