To incorporate more roofing-specific curriculum into undergraduate programs, the Roofing Alliance for Progress has partnered with the construction management schools of Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo,; and University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

"This partnership is a crucial one for the roofing industry. We know we need to do a much better job of telling students about career opportunities in roofing and making sure they understand the importance of roofing even if they pursue other careers," said Alliance President Jim MacKimm, who is also president of Beacon Roofing Supply of Peabody, Mass.

The partnership will also provide students and faculty with scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The curriculum also includes internship programs with roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Up to eight internships are planned for the summer of 2014.