The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Education, Research and Development Foundation has awarded two scholarships to students in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. The two 2021 CIM Scholarship recipients are Corrina Dodd, Trafford, Ala. and Dixie Jane Dryden, Smyrna, Tenn. Both recipients attend Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Each received $5,000.
To qualify for the 2021 CIM scholarship, a student must have full-time enrollment in the CIM program. They must also maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The ASCC Foundation was created in 1989 to fund education and research that advances the quality and productivity of concrete construction.
The ASCC is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete. They also provide them with a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 740 member companies in both the United States and 14 foreign countries. For more information visit the website at www.ascconline.org or you can also call (866) 788-2722.
Receiving tremendous support from the concrete industry, the CIM program was the first of its kind in United States – a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The need for such a program was recognized through the RMC 2000 movement in 1994 and was then put into action by the Tennessee concrete industry. The end-result was a partnership between both the concrete industry and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to develop the CIM program. Its first two students started the program start in 1996. The first graduates were in 2000.
Since its humble beginning, the CIM program has expanded. Now, in addition to MTSU, it is available at California State University, Chico, Texas State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Beginning fall of 2021, the program is available at South Dakota State University. Today, there are more than 475 students pursuing degrees in Concrete Industry Management. Additionally, hundreds of CIM graduates are now working in the concrete industry.