FIU’s Moss Department of Construction Management, within the College of Engineering & Computing, has long been considered one of the best in the country. The department is the second-highest ranked in Florida, ninth in the South and 34th in the United States. But what happens to such a prestigious program when crises, such as COVID-19, make operating as-normal impossible? The faculty, staff and students do what they do best – innovate, adapt and come up with new ways to get the job done.
Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction management programs were able to go completely remote. Not only that, but a free certificate program in construction trades offered to the public was also able to translate fully online. These normally hands-on programs faced the challenge of converting to a hands-off format. Yet, they managed to pull it off. By changing from face-to-face classes to remote options, the university is able to continue providing these world-class services to the students that need them.