Concrete Industry Management Degree (CIM) Update

Progress is being made in our North Central region. Five universities in our region expressed interest in housing the CIM program.  Those universities are: Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Northern Iowa; University of Wisconsin, Platteville; Lawrence Technological University and South Dakota State University. A task force of was formed to help select the university which will house this CIM program for our region. The task force assembled a team that went out and conducted on-site visits with each of these universities. After these visits it was determined that the following universities would move forward in the selection process: Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Northern Iowa and South Dakota State University. The plan is to have the final selection made by early November.  Thanks to Thor Becken of Cemstone for the update! 

The following is the history and description of the CIM program taken from their website www.concretedegree.com 

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program was developed in 1996 at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Since then, the program has expanded to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, California State University – Chico, and Texas State University. The individuals graduating from this program have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21st century. In addition to the four universities designated as schools with CIM programs, an Executive MBA in Concrete Industry Management is available at MTSU.

The program produces 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 provide much more than what is simply in the text. They emphasize problem solving, quality assurance and customer satisfaction, while utilizing practical case studies.