CSU, Chico News

Investment in Concrete Program Reaches $1 Million

Date: 03-17-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM) has reached the $1 million mark in private support just three years after coming into existence.

CSU, Chico’s CIM program is one of five in the country and offers students a BS in concrete industry management from the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management (ECC).

The CIM Chico Patrons Executive Board reported the $1 million financial milestone to campus officials late last month.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and ECC College Interim Dean Mike Ward will thank representatives of the board for their commitment to the program at an event Wednesday, March 18, at 2 p.m. in Langdon 119. Patrons Board Chair Doug Guerrero will also speak at the event. Faculty and students in the program will be present to demonstrate equipment and processes that are part of their training, thanks to the support of the CIM Patrons.

The CIM program began offering classes at CSU, Chico in fall 2007. It is a multidisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in the concrete industry. Ward said the industry has expanded and diversified greatly in recent years, leading industry executives to invest in CIM programs to train future managers.

CSU, Chico’s program has grown from four majors in the first semester to 60 this semester. Ward said student interest will continue to grow as students see the strong academic support and career opportunities in the concrete industry.

The first CIM program in the country was established at Middle Tennessee State University in 1995. Three other campuses—Arizona State, New Jersey Institute of Technology and CSU, Chico—were subsequently established to house CIM programs to provide student opportunities in other parts of the country. A new CIM program at Texas State University will begin classes next fall.