|For Immediate Release (01-38)
Date: May 9, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
College Professor Earns National Recognition for Teaching
Excellence by Associated Builders and Contractors
Parcan's Honor Comes on Heels
of ABC Award for College's Student Club
Mario Parcan, head of the construction
management program at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, has
been named winner of the nationwide John Trimmer Award for
Excellence in Construction Education. The Construction Education
Foundation, the educational arm of the Associated Builders and
Contractors, Inc., (ABC), a national trade association, awarded
Parcan was cited for his work with the
local ABC chapter; ABC employers; Montgomery College’s ABC
student chapter; and for his pivotal role in developing a
distance learning course on construction management.
He received the award on Thursday, May 3,
at an awards luncheon held at the ABC’s Education Conference in
Parcan’s award comes on the heels of an
award given to the College’s Student Constructors Association (SCA),
for which he is an adviser. Competing against colleges and
universities across the country, the Montgomery College club
received the ABC Student Chapter Program Excellence Award, which
recognizes superior performance of student chapters for projects
and activities that enhance the student's learning process.
"You must have enthusiasm to do what Mario
has done … he has taught us, he has mentored us, and he has
honed us," said SCA President Hank Erslev.
"In my nearly 30 years of teaching, I have
never known another professor who continuously receives the
highest possible praise from all of the students in his
classes," said Jill Irey, chair of the College’s applied
technologies department. "He combines the virtues of teaching
excellence with a rigorous academic expectation and a nurturing
approach. The students in his classes thrive. In fact, the
program and the students have gained industry recognition
because of his leadership."
George Payne, acting vice president of
Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing
Education, praised Parcan: "Students see in him all of the
characteristics they need to succeed in the construction
industry and in life. Hundreds of students, employees, and
construction business owners have taken courses in his
management of construction program over the years. He has taken
the lead in ensuring that construction students have a continuum
of educational opportunities through his program. Articulation
agreements with ABC apprenticeship programs recognize advanced
placement in the management of construction program; credit by
exam for working practitioners; and articulation agreements with
four-year program all ensure that students can continue their
education through and beyond his degree program."
Parcan, who lives in Rockville, previously
ran his own design and construction firm in Montgomery County.
He joined the College’s faculty in 1989 as a part-time
instructor. After a while, a full-time position was offered to
Parcan, and he agonized over whether to accept it. It would mean
a major career shift, and Parcan wasn’t sure about leaving the
construction business. The industry, however, was undergoing
tough times, so Parcan came on board.
"Now," he smiles, "It would take a big
crane to get me out of here."
Parcan never really left the industry;
every summer he consults for local and out-of-state construction
firms. He credits his teaching success to the fact that he knows
exactly what his students need; they connect very well with
someone who has been where they’ve been.
"I’m not a person who looks for personal
recognition," he said, "but this award recognizes the College,
our students, and my peers."