The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program—a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management—released its 2013-14 Annual Report. Compiled by the National Steering Committee (NSC), the report was distributed at World of Concrete in Las Vegas.
Highlights of the 2013-14 CIM Annual Report include:
- Reports from all committees (Education, Marketing, Auction, Finance and Long Range Planning)
- Institutional reports from all CIM programs
- MBA Program update
- Profiles of CIM students, graduates and faculty
“The CIM Annual Report is a testament to the dedication and effort of the CIM program leaders, faculty and students,” says Brian Gallagher, chairman of the CIM Marketing Committee. “The quality and amount of activity completed by the CIM faculty and students is very impressive.” The annual report features updates from all CIM universities and NSC committees.
Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the CIM program was developed in 1996. The individuals graduating from this program will have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21st century. It is a business intensive program, providing solid management skills that can be used in any industry, but has been developed specifically for the concrete industry. The program gives students many advantages including entering the concrete work force with exposure to the industry early in their careers, unlike others coming in with generic business degrees.
The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic business management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program. The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities for growth include on-campus socials and other organized events providing industry networking and professional development.