September 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) is now offering a bachelor of science in business administration with a program major in Facilities Management. This new major has been created, planned and developed with the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the School of Architecture (SOA) and the professional organization known as the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).
The process will yield large results by providing a world-class undergraduate curriculum for the facilities management industry.
FAMU's program is the only one in the state of Florida and the only one at a historically black college or university.
According to SBI Marketing Professor Roscoe Hightower Jr., who is one of the Facilities Management Program developers, the program will be beneficial for many students.
“This degree program will accomplish at a minimum three things,” said Hightower. “It will enable FAMU to produce facility management professionals who can apply their knowledge, skills and training to fill the large job need locally, domestically and internationally; allow FAMU to advance its ability to address facility management trends affecting people and communities globally and locally; and enable FAMU to establish new and strengthen existing relationships with businesses and institutions engaged with built environmental professional communities."
“I feel this program will give students a more concrete definition in their degree,” said student Dominick-Jae Bailey, who is currently enrolled in courses for the program. “The program gives you a taste of architecture and business. It gives you hit points and helps overall with tools for life.”
According to IFMA, there are approximately 50,000 unfilled facility management jobs currently open with that number forecasted to increase for the foreseeable future due to an aging "facility management professional" workforce scheduled to retire during the next 15 years.
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