MARQUETTE - Northem Michigan University's construction management program has received a gift of software worth $160,000 from Primavera Systems, Inc., of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., according to Mark Curtis, dean of the College of Technology and Applied Sciences. Primavera is providing NMU with 60 licensed units of their construction management software.

Primavera is a leading provider of comprehensive project management, control and execution software and is the predominant software used in the construction management profession.

"This is the software that our students will be using in their construction management careers, so it is exciting that they will get hands-on experience prior to graduation," said Curtis.

"Since our beginning in 1983, Primavera has donated educational copies of our project management software to colleges and universities that are committed to preparing their students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in project management. We are pleased to support Northern Michigan University in its efforts to provide its students with the very latest in project management education and skills so they have a distinct competitive advantage upon entering the employment marketplace," said Nancy Allen, Primavera vice president of corporate marketing.

The timing of the gift was also beneficial, according to Curtis, as the college is in the process of decommissioning its desktop computer lab and moving exclusively to notebook computers as the rest of the university has done.

Curtis said that construction management instructor Mike Andary spearheaded the effort to secure tfie Primavera donation.

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