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Spring Commencement 2018—Haylee Bacik
April 17, 2018
Spring Commencement 2018—Haylee Bacik
Haylee Bacik is often noted as the future of construction by her professors and considered an inspiration to all young women who aspire to build. At Spring Commencement on April 21, she will receive her Master of Science in Construction Management.
A 2014 Wentworth graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Bacik excelled while juggling work and her graduate studies, and was awarded the 2018 Dean’s Award from the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).
Bacik is employed by Gilbane Building Company as a project engineer and will serve as the lead on a $12 million project in Chicopee, Mass.
What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?
In both my undergraduate and graduate time, Wentworth and its programs have given me so many opportunities and has enabled me to pursue a career that I love. Everyone in the industry knows Wentworth and the solid education it provides its students. I have enjoyed the hands-on learning aspects and my favorite thing about the school is that you are able to take classes directly related to your major from day one. It is a huge advantage and really helps the students to be able to start learning about an area they are passionate right away, which keeps them engaged throughout their entire time here.
How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?
Earning my master’s degree has been a huge learning experience for me. It has enabled me to run the project schedule on my current project and has helped me develop my leadership skills. This degree really built upon the foundation of learning my undergraduate degree set for me and has allowed me to gain knowledge that I will need in a future upper-management position.
Bring us up to speed on your career.
During my undergraduate time, I completed three co-ops with Gilbane Building Company. They hired me almost a year before I graduated in August of 2014 and I have been working for them ever since.
I was accepted into Gilbane’s Management Candidate Acceleration Program, where I rotated through various departments for two years and recently graduated from the program in August of 2017. It was a great experience and helped me gain exposure to so many areas of the company. After completing the program, I worked on the Reebok Headquarters Relocation project in the seaport district. I am now the lead engineer on a $12 million freezer/cooler expansion project out in Western Massachusetts!
Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired or has helped your through your career here?
Scott Sumner (chair of the Myles and Eugenia Sweeney Construction Management Department) has always been a great source of support for me. During both my undergraduate and graduate time, whenever I would visit he always was able to provide me with very helpful advice. I appreciate all the lessons that I have learned from the staff in the Construction Management department, as well. They were always there to help students when they needed it and it made the learning experience so much more personal. The CPCE staff has also been a huge help.
What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?
Get involved as much as you can. There are plenty of varsity and intramural sports teams, clubs, on-campus jobs, and national associations to get involved with around campus. The more things you are involved in, the better your time management will be, and it will help keep you focused. Don't be afraid to also give back. If you see a volunteering opportunity, take it. It will help you grow while also building your resume.
Take advantage of everything the co-op program gives you, there are so many great experiences out there. Also, take advantage of your time in Boston, it is a great city and has some beautiful sights year-round.
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