Concrete Industry Management

Concrete Industry Management

CIM Student Today, Industry Leader Tomorrow!

Chico State’s CIM degree program teaches hands-on industry skills and business administration, preparing students to lead out in the field and in the boardroom

Some solid reasons a CIM degree is a concrete choice:

  • 100% job placement
  • $80,000 starting salary
  • Financial assistance opportunities for every student
  • Hands-on learning in and out of the classroom
  • Internships with real-life industry professionals

How it works: Networking and career planning begins the very first semester. Students are connected with concrete industry leaders thanks to CIM’s close-knit partnerships. 

Fun fact: Chico State has the highest 4-year graduation rates in the CSU system and the lowest average student debt amounts in the country.

The Bottom Line: The CIM program at Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest returns on investment.

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What’s the Concrete Industry Management Program?

Developed in close partnership with more than 50 of our industry partners, our nationally recognized CIM program combines the disciplines of concrete technology with business administration. Chico State is one of only five CIM programs in the United States.

With a 100% job placement rate and better than average starting salaries for graduates, this program is designed for students to study the nuances of the evolving concrete industry while learning how to lead in the boardroom thanks to the integration of business administration curriculum.

Chico State’s concrete industry management program sets up students for success with the tools, knowledge, and skills to step into leadership roles across all areas of the concrete industry.

All students deserve to have a concrete foundation to start their academic journey. Thanks to the generous donations from our industry patrons, all full-time CIM program students are eligible to receive $2000 each semester to go towards their pursuit of a degree in CIM at Chico State. Additional assistance is available through the CIM program, CSU Chico Financial Aid, the Scholarship Office, and outside industry scholarships

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Career Paths for CIM Graduates

Where can students find opportunities after graduation?

The industry's need for skilled graduates is high. Niches and employers are varied and include:

  • Concrete producers
  • Contractors
  • Cement manufacturers
  • Precast, pipe, and block producers
  • Precast/ prestress producers
  • Materials and equipment suppliers
  • Software companies and associations

What positions are available?

Graduates of the CIM program are highly sought after and quickly rise to management positions such as (but not limited to):

  • Project Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Quality Control Management
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • And so many more!

CIM Careers & Internships

From day one, you’ll jump right in–learning by doing–in labs with state-of-the-art concrete equipment and with professors who have decades of industry experience.

Infographic: Concrete Industry Management Program

The concrete industry is a $200 billion industry and employs more than 500,000 people.

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Is the CIM Program Right for Me?

You should join the Concrete Industry Management program if you:

  • Want a guaranteed high-paying job right out of college
  • Get excited about cutting-edge concrete technology
  • Think you’d be good at managing a team
  • Love working with your hands and testing out new skills
  • Value the options a business degree provides
  • Enjoy doing science experiments with real-life applications
  • Want to learn straight from industry professionals
  • Are super resourceful, independent, and like the challenge of problem-solving challenges

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Student Success Stories

To date, more than 825 graduates of our concrete industry management program are leading concrete teams across the world.

Hear what they have to say about their experience at Chico State and how the CIM program prepared them for a successful career out in the field

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Other Things to Consider

More Info About CIM

Want to share our program highlights with someone you know?

Our printable handouts provide additional information for students or parents looking to learn more about the CIM program. Review 17 different career paths that graduates can pursue and find out where a CIM degree can take you.

How to Apply

We can’t wait to meet you! Chico State is part of the California State University system and uses Cal State Apply for applications.

Make sure to select California State University, Chico as your campus of choice when applying. Registering and applying is quick and easy, so let’s get started!

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About Chico State

Nationally Ranked

U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks us in the top 10 of regional public universities in the West, and Forbes ranks Chico State as a top college for educational quality and value (just to name a few).

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