CSU, Chico News

Concrete Industry Management Student Selected for $7,000 Mike Rowe Scholarship

Date: 09-22-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico concrete industry management student Michelle Ahola has been selected for a 2014 Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. Ahola is the only concrete industry student in the country to receive the $7,000 award.

Founded by Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel series “Dirty Jobs,” the scholarships support men and women working toward mastering a technical or vocational trade. Recipients include those preparing to work in the fields of construction, heavy equipment, aviation, welding and masonry, among others.

Ahola, a senior in CSU, Chico’s Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, was among 46 scholarship recipients. Applicants were asked to submit a video and sign a pledge to work hard.

“I was really excited because it was such a different type of scholarship,” Ahola said. “I wasn't expecting much, maybe only a few hundred dollars, because other students needed it more and I only had one semester of school left to pay for. So when I got the email saying I received $7,000, I was completely shocked and honored.”

Doug Guerrero, retired CEMEX region vice president and chair of the CSU, Chico CIM Patrons, which supports the program, noted that Ahola will be honored at the CIM national and patron meetings on campus in early October.

“I'm so very proud of this terrific young woman and wonderful representative of our CIM program,” Guerrero said.

The nonprofit Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation supports the trades and has helped award more than $2.5 million in scholarships to students and schools around the country.

CSU, Chico’s Concrete Industry Management program is the only program in the western United States that combines the academic disciplines of concrete science with business management. The program prepares graduates to be effective managers of the people, systems and projects within the large and thriving concrete industry. Learn more about the program at www.csuchico.edu/cim.