CM Cares (Service Learning)

CM Cares (Service Learning)

The Department of Construction Management CM CARES initiative promotes service learning by infusing leadership traits, team building, and ethics through community service activities. It focuses on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to assist with construction related projects for people with special needs or local community service agencies needing assistance that cannot be provided by other sources. CM Cares initiatives are delivered through courses that incorporate leadership and service learning as their objectives. CM Cares projects are primarlily delivered through two courses: CM Leadership Course (CON464) and Leadership of Sustainable Community Projects (CON577).

Awards and Recognition
Featured in Phamaly Theatre Company's 2014 ebook, Unsung and Unstoppable: Voices from the Disability Community
2013 Mayor's Award for Service Provider of the Year, Fort Collins Commission on Disability
2013 Construction Education Challenge Award, Associated General Contractors of Colorado

CM Cares in the News:
James and Libby Wheelchair Swing project: ABC News, Fort Collins Coloradoan, CBS
Loveland Reporter Herald (2012)
KUNC (2012)

CM Leadership Course (CON464)

Student project leaders complete a Construction Leadership course and serve as leaders for the service projects.  The course includes sponsored guest lectures from industry leaders on the non-technical aspects of running a successful business. Topics and potential opportunities include:

  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Team building
  • Communication
  • Volunteering on projects that make a difference in the lives of others
  • Mentoring Construction Management students¬†

The class is offered in spring semester. To apply for the class students need to submit an application and recommendation forms made available in the fall semester.

Graduate Level Service Learning Course (CON577)

Leadership of Sustainable Community Projects, created in collaboration with local design professionals, and high school educators, empowers construction management students to be leaders, stewards and mentors by managing a small community-based construction project through the engagement of local at-risk youth to complete the hands-on construction projects.

Potential opportunities for industry include:

  • Participate in service-learning activities by volunteering on projects or providing assistance with fundraising or materials donations. See Industry Involvement for more information. 

Inaugural CM Cares Group Photo, 2011


Khristy K. Preston, Phelps Placement Office
Department of Construction Management
113B Guggenheim Hall Fort Collins, CO 80523-1584
(970) 491-1060
(970) 491-2473 FAX

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