California State University, Chico is home to one of five Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Programs. These programs are a joint initiative between CSU, Chico and four other universities from around the nation and leaders from the concrete industry.

This program provides CIM majors and other students taking selected courses with the opportunity to enter into management careers in the concrete industry that has an urgent need for young professionals with the skills to meet the growing demands of a progressive, changing concrete industry. This world-wide industry is looking to hire graduates for a variety of career paths including: management, business, sales, marketing, accounting, human resources, political action, public administration, technical and project management, sustainability, construction, technology, operations, quality control, quality assurance, technical research & development, specialty concrete contracting, specialty decorative concrete, and specialty concrete repair.

The CIM major focuses on technical knowledge blended with business skills training and an emphasis on all concrete, including manufactured concrete products, ready mix, contracting, and heavy construction materials used in the construction industry. Additionally, Chico State CIM students take enough economics, business law, accounting, marketing, finance, information technology, and project management courses to earn a minor in business administration from the College of Business.

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The four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management is offered by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management and is designed to produce graduates who are:

  • Broadly educated
  • Adept at oral and written communication
  • Proficient in basic math and science
  • Knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques
  • Able to manage people and systems
  • Capable of promoting products or services related to the industry
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This multidisciplinary program prepares men and women for a wide variety of professional careers in the concrete industry and addresses the growing need for technical managers. Concrete materials and products are the foundation of the 931 billion dollar construction industry—one of the primary drivers of the U.S economy. This program, which is unique in the State of California, was created with strong financial support from industry executives, who are eager to employ its interns and graduates.