N.H. college creates construction safety sciences degree

Keene State College

In the fall of this year, Keene State College in New Hampshire will begin offering a new construction safety sciences degree.

The liberal arts college says the Construction Safety Sciences Program is the first in the nation, and seeks to prepare “students for a variety of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sectors.”

The program will place an emphasis on teaching “critical thinking, hazard identification and prioritization, problem solving, cost effectiveness, professional skills in programmatic management, and safety and environmental regulatory compliance,” according to a press release.

Graduates can pursue graduate study or transition directly into careers in loss control, risk management, organizational safety, and consulting. Students can also minor in construction safety sciences.

“Keene State’s innovative programs build on our solid academic foundation,” said Keene State College Interim President Melinda Treadwell in the release. “With a mind toward career opportunities for our graduates, we are dedicated to ensuring our students leave Keene State well prepared. In tandem with the new academic offerings, we are developing more experiences for our students so that they can begin to build their resumes and grow their skills while still in college. When combined with the liberal arts focus on learning problem solving, strong communication skills, critical thinking, and team-oriented work, we are preparing our students for success. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Keene State community.”