The Disruption of Higher Education

2020: Redefining the College Choice

Today’s students have more opportunities than any other generation. So how do they choose their path? No longer is merely attending college the single goal overshadowing all other aspirations. The shrewd student of today wants more. They aim to learn tech-savvy skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow, avoid cumbersome school debt, gain success-oriented leadership skills, and find a meaningful fit into the robust marketplace of opportunity.

Higher Education must meet the needs of the 2020 student. That means change is coming. At the end of 2019, the Federal Government made significant improvements to the higher education accreditation system. In short, the changes enable more flexible programming and responsiveness in the rapidly changing demands of marketplace innovation and job creation. This transformation marks a trend in higher education toward student-centered outcomes focused on matching students with high-paying jobs and opening the doors to reinvigorate many of our lagging industries where the number of skilled craftsmen and leaders remain shockingly low.




STONEPILE is a new institution of higher education that marries two industries ripe for disruption: Higher Education and Construction. The 1.3 trillion-dollar construction field currently lacks a robust team of leaders to innovate and build for tomorrow. The shortage of skilled leaders in this industry is a national crisis.1  Yet, the field cannot attract enough bright leaders because the students of today understandably expect to go to college, leaving many of the typically technical trades lacking new leadership.

Enter STONEPILE. Now students don’t have to choose between a robust career in the construction industry and pursuing higher education. STONEPILE provides the opportunity for an Associate in Applied Science in Construction and/or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management, allowing students to gain marketable construction and leadership skills while enjoying the fullness of a 2- or 4-year degree. Online. Affordable. Success-Oriented.


  • $3k per semester
  • 3 semesters offered each year
  • 100% Online
  • NCCER Certified Curriculum
  • Committed to immediate job-placement for graduates
  • Created and taught by current Leaders in the global construction industry
  • Authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission


Katie Browning
Director of Enrollment and Student Services
Stonepile LLC






Be on the lookout for more exciting news about the Higher Education and Construction Leadership industries. And connect with us on our website or LinkedIn. We’d love to partner with you to serve the students of tomorrow.


Thank you,

Jodi Vermaas, PhD
Program Director






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