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Trade group helps fund education programs


Master Builders of Iowa has donated a total of $325,000 to Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education for programs related to the construction industry.

Iowa State’s College of Engineering received $150,000 to be used in the creation of the Tom and Ro Jellinger Laboratory to house the school’s construction engineering program. Master Builders has donated more than $625,000 to the program.

UNI received $75,000 for its construction management program, which could become the state’s first four-year accredited program if approved by the American Council for Construction Education.

The Iowa Department of Education received $100,000 to help education and construction industry representatives develop statewide standards for commercial construction education and provide information to students on how to advance their construction careers.

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