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Pratt Institute and Turner Construction Company Establish Partnership to Grow Talent Pipeline in the Construction Industry

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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

Pratt Institute is partnering with Turner Construction Company to increase the number of students pursuing a degree in Construction Management. Construction managers play a vital role in building communities, bringing into being the places we live, work, learn, heal and share culture. The Pratt/Turner partnership seeks to address a shortage of graduates with both the rigorous technical foundations and the broader preparation in analysis, planning and management essential to this rapidly changing field and industry.

The Pratt/Turner partnership has awarded scholarships – equal to 50 percent of a year's tuition – to six New York City high school students: three from Brooklyn Tech and three from Urban Assembly School of School of Construction and Design. The students, selected after a competition and interview process, will be mentored by Turner employees and graduates of Pratt. In addition to their scholarships, Turner will offer the students paid summer internships while they are in school and the opportunity for full-time employment after graduation.

Shazieb Mohammad, a student selected to participate in the program said, "I am honored and thankful to be accepted to the 2014 Turner/Pratt scholarship program. There aren't many opportunities like this and it's really amazing to see a company like this reaching out to us, to the students who are the next generation to go to college and who will very soon be working." He went on, "I thought giving a scholarship like this to one student was a lot, but six is outstanding and I salute Turner and Pratt for creating this opportunity."

Harriet Markis, chairperson of the construction management department at Pratt Institute said, "Increasing the number of construction management students will have a positive effect on the built environment. We are excited by the opportunity our partnership with Turner offers our students. The technical skills our students learn coupled with relationships they establish, and the collaborative approach to problem solving that they develop is so vital to the future of the construction industry."

Peter Davoren, president and chief executive officer of Turner Construction Company said, "Turner has a vested interest in the education and development of construction managers. They are the future of our business. Given the tools of an advanced education in construction management offered by Pratt Institute, graduates of the program will carry the industry forward, driving innovation and offering answers to significant issues facing the industry and the world."

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $9 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world's leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit

About Pratt Institute
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

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