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Professors Roundtable Gives Insight on Successful Studios

Professors from around the US and Canada came together in a roundtable discussion during the PCI Convention to discuss what makes precast concrete programs successful. A few themes emerged between the professors who shared some of their experiences. 

Program Creep

Once the program at the school begins, it often extends into other parts of the curriculum. This may be because students will need an introduction to precast topics prior to getting into an intensive program, and because faculty becomes more aware of what the precast concrete industry can offer a school. Typically, instead of learning about precast concrete in just one class, student will begin to learn about it in other introductory classes. They will also hear “word of mouth” talk about trips and projects done in the program, which often leads to the studio becoming more popular. 

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