It Runs in the Family

Construction Science student named AGC
Outstanding Student in Construction Science

Graduating cum laude this past August, Matthew Coons, was named the 2004 Associated General Contractors Outstanding Student in Construction Science.

While growing up in Kerrville, Texas, Coons was surrounded by relatives involved in construction related fields. His father worked as an electrician for Kerrville Electric Company for 25 years, and his uncles have been involved in residential electrical contracting and homebuilding.

I didnt know it at the time, but I was gaining very valuable experience by working in the construction industry with my father, Coons said. When I was unable to work for my dad, I would work for any of my uncles that needed some help.

After spending two years at Texas A&M Corpus Christi majoring in biology, Coons transferred into Texas A&M College Station where he switched degree paths becoming a mechanical engineering major.

I spent only one semester in the department, which helped me to learn that engineering was not for me, he said. I began to explore other options and discovered the construction science department.

When I think about major events in my life, he continued, this one always comes to mind. I feel very lucky to have discovered the department. It has impacted my life in so many positive ways.

Through part-time jobs and loans, Coons managed to pay for 100 percent of his college education, a factor that motivated him to complete his degree as quickly as possible.

Following graduation, Coons was hired as an estimator for Southwest Electrical Contracting Services. He is currently training to become a project manager.

Im excited about what the future holds in store for me, he said. I dont see myself in any other profession besides construction, and I have never had a job quite like this one.

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January 10, 2005

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Matthew Coons