Best Value Schools Ranks Construction Management Program #2 in Nation

Best 13 Construction Management Degree Programs in 2021

Best Value Schools (BVS) has ranked the Construction Management program at Dakota County Technical College #2 nationally on the colleges and universities resource guide’s Best 13 Construction Management Degree Programs in 2021.

BVS used a wide variety of factors to rank schools offering a construction management degree program, including:

  • Retention rate
  • Student-to-teacher ratio
  • Student outcomes
  • Program reputation

BVS considered tuition in terms of overall value. That means a higher quality school with higher tuition rate may rank above a program with lower tuition. Accessibility is another key factor in the ranking methodology.

“Schools that offer online degrees or evening classes are favored because they offer greater accessibility to nontraditional students,” BVS reported, noting that national rankings are determined using a proprietary formula that computes each school’s yearly tuition rate and graduation rate to establish a final rating. “Because some schools have a higher tuition rate for out-of-state students, BVS only considered in-state rates.”

Scott Holm serves as faculty in the Construction Management program at DCTC. Scott started teaching at the college in August 2018.

“In today’s world, higher education has become a necessity that opens doors and provides opportunities for all students,” Scott said. “However, this necessity comes with a cost. The Construction Management program at DCTC, along with our partner Mesabi Range College, promotes the belief that a high-quality educational degree program can be pursued by all students at different times in their careers without cost becoming a barrier to one’s success.”

Scott added that the college’s faculty, advisors and administrators are proud to be a part of the Construction Management program’s commitment to excellence in education.

“We will continue to deliver high-quality, relevant and applied curriculum to our students at an affordable cost,” he said.

More about the Construction Management program at DCTC…

The Construction Management program prepares you for supervisory and management positions in the construction industry. The curriculum combines basic fundamentals with key courses in applied management, engineering, design and business that are required to manage complex construction projects.

Construction management is an ideal career choice if you have a strong, general interest in building and design plus an aptitude for taking the lead role on big projects from start to finish. As a construction manager, you’ll oversee all phases of a project, from planning to budgeting to production.

The Construction Codes and Inspection certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career as an inspector and/or plan reviewer in various areas of the construction inspection field. The program is designed to expand the knowledge of the construction manager or field superintendent on the various components that make up the building code.

As a student in the program, you will gain the knowledge and develop the skills required to perform as a construction inspector or plan reviewer in general building code compliance inspection or in specific areas of code compliance. You will be prepared to sit for the applicable certified inspector test administered by the International Code Council. The Construction Codes and Inspection certificate is one pathway to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Construction Management.

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Construction Management is designed to transfer to the following four-year schools:

  • University of Minnesota: B.A.S. in Construction Management
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead: B.S. in Construction Management (Twin Cities)
  • Bemidji State University: B.A.S. in Construction Management

Construction Managers

Coordinate all the work that is involved in building or maintaining structures.

This is a very high-wage career that pays well above the statewide median of $21.49/hour


Median: $45.64/hour
High: $56.02/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $46.46/hour
High: $56.97/hour


In Minnesota, there are 5,880 workers employed in this medium-size career, which is currently in very high demand and seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate in the Minnesota is 8.3 percent.

There will be a need for about 6,520 new Construction Managers to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Scott Holm, MEd, CBO: Faculty bio

Scott Holm currently works for BRAUN Intertec as a building structure and sciences senior consultant. Scott has more than 38 years experience in construction and inspection. He has worked for the University of Minnesota, cities of Minnetonka and Hugo as a building inspector, and worked as a concrete finisher and carpenter.

Scott Holm, MEd, CBO

Scott is also currently an instructor for the Construction Management programs at Mesabi Range College, Dunwoody College of Technology, and the University of Minnesota. Scott also currently serves on the Minnesota Board of Architects & Engineers, the International Code Council Education Committee, and a number of other local and national education committees.

Scott has a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Business and Industry Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Construction Management, both degrees from the University of Minnesota. He also has an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Building Inspection Technology from North Hennepin Community College and a Carpentry certificate from St. Cloud Technical College.

Scott is also a Certified Building Official with the State of Minnesota and the International Code Council, and a Certified Building Inspector with the International Code Council.

In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time boating, fishing, golfing, running, hiking and snorkeling. He enjoys traveling and spending time in Hawaii, Alaska, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the north shore of Lake Superior.

Learn more about the Construction Management program at DCTC by contacting:

Scott Holm, MEd, CBO
Construction Management Faculty
Dakota County Technical College

Natalie Shrestha
Academic and Financial Aid Advisor