CIM Midwest School Selection Announced


National Steering Committee of CIM Announces Program Expansion to South Dakota State University
The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program is pleased to announce that South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering will soon offer a degree in CIM.
The announcement comes after a six-month selection process by the NSC and the North Central Region (NCR) patrons for the CIM program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The NSC and the NCR patron groups are combining resources to provide approximately $1.5 million to SDSU over five years to develop the degree program and assist in employing a CIM program director, recruiter, and laboratory manager.


“We are excited to be selected as the university to fill the needs of the concrete industry, not only in South Dakota, but throughout the entire North Central Region," said SDSU President Barry Dunn. "The program supports our mission as a land-grant university of addressing workforce needs in the communities of South Dakota and beyond. These Jackrabbits will become knowledgeable in concrete technology and techniques, capable of managing people and systems, skilled in technical sales and expected to advance to industry leadership positions.”

“We are pleased to welcome SDSU to the family of CIM universities,” said NSC chairman Michael Schneider. “This partnership will be a great asset to the CIM program and concrete industry. We look forward to a long relationship with this exceptional university.”
“The concrete industry recognized the need for the CIM program in the Midwest,” said NCR patrons chairman Thor Becken. “Once the decision was made to develop a CIM program in the region, it took two years of planning and gaining industry member support before a search committee began interviewing various universities about potential interest in offering a CIM degree.”
The CIM program provides graduates with both technical knowledge and management expertise to be hired into entry- or middle-level management positions. “The goal of CIM is to develop the future leaders of the concrete industry,” said Becken. “This is important because our industry, like many, is aging, Higher-level managers are starting to retire and we’re looking for the next generation of leaders to lead the concrete industry.”