Hands-on experience helps student earn AGC award

A summer jobs kept Jennifer Hatten
on a construction science career track

Jennifer Hatten, a 2003 construction science graduate from Houston, was named the Associated General Contractors Outstanding Student in Construction Science for 2003

Hatten said she chose a career in construction science after spending a rewarding summer after high school gaining some hands-on experience with D.E. Harvey Builders in Houston, a job she returned to as a summer intern after her freshman year.

"I shadowed the superintendent all summer and observed how she handled problems, Hatten recalled. "I was also given the tremendous opportunity to sit in on many of the progress meetings with the owners, architects and project managers, then again with the foremen. I was impressed by the give-and-take, the overall cooperation of all the players, and I enjoyed seeing definite progress on a day-to-day basis."

As an Aggie, Hatten said she was impressed with the support she received from the construction science department, and with the many opportunities that were provided for students to network with construction industry professionals. It was through the department that she connected with Linbeck Construction in Houston — first as the recipient of a Linbeck Scholarship, later as a Linbeck summer intern, and now, upon graduation, as a Linbeck employee.

"The on-the-job experiences I had and the knowledgeable, professional people I met at Linbeck endorse my conviction that I have chosen the right path," said Hatten.

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Jennifer Hatten