What are the contributions of the department in meeting critical needs of the region and state?

The development of online curriculum within School of Construction (SoC) has enabled many students to achieve their education goals while being able to work.  After Katrina, students were not able to attend because of high gas prices.  The online program was developed to support the military initially but it soon became evident that many students in working situations wanted to attend.  There are now over 80 students in the online Construction Engineering Technology program (60% in-state).