The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program is a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. Recently, the company announced they raised more than $1.740 million in gross revenue at its 2022 auction. This auction took place in conjunction with the World of Concrete on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
“This year’s auction was a tremendous success, both in terms of the value of donated items and the Auction participants,” commented Ben Robuck, CIM Auction Committee Chairman. “The results are indicative of the high value the concrete industry places on the CIM program. We thank the concrete industry for their tremendous support. In addition to a concrete mixer truck donated by Mack Trucks, Inc. and McNeilus, a truck-mounted concrete pump donated by Alliance Concrete Pumps, a truck chassis donated by NORCAL Kenworth and Kenworth Truck Co., a high-performance mixer donated by Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc., an S-485 Laser Screed donated by Somero Enterprises and a Shumaker Industries’ Load and Go Ready Mix Truck Wash system, we had a variety of items targeted specifically for the concrete industry.”
“In addition to the above-mentioned items, we were pleased to have cement donations from cement industry leaders like CEMEX, Holcim, Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Argos Cement, St. Marys Cement, Inc., Roanoke Cement Company, GCC, Martin Marietta as well as admixture donations from CHRYSO, Inc., Master Builders Solutions, Sika USA and GCP Applied Technologies,” said CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher.
“Once again, we had incredible support from the World of Concrete show management, Informa and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers,” said Gallagher. “We also thank the many companies such as Command Alkon, Volvo Construction Equipment, Beck Industrial, Multiquip, Inc., Allen Engineering and the numerous companies that donated items to the Auction to make it a complete success.”
Silent auction breaks records, too
In addition to the live 2022 auction, there was also a silent auction. This year CIM had record proceeds from the silent auction. Live and silent auction items included cement, concrete saws, drills, mixers, and vibrators. It also included safety equipment, screeds, decorative concrete tools and water meters, pumps, generators. Additionally, there were training sessions, reference books, iPads and laptop computers, sports travel packages and golf and vacation travel packages.
Receiving tremendous support from the concrete industry, the CIM program was the first of its kind in United States. It is 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, implementing it with its first two students in 1996, and producing its first graduates 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, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and beginning fall of 2021, 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.
The goal of CIM
The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates that are also grounded in basic construction management. The program aims to create students who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques. It also aims at preparing them to manage people and systems, as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and also mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program.
The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of both concrete and its properties. It also teaches testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses provide much more than what is simply in the text. They emphasize problem-solving, quality assurance and also customer satisfaction. They utilize both practical case studies and an internship. This ensures the student also obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities include both on-campus socials and other events providing industry networking and professional development.
Adding an MBA
In 2012, the CIM National Steering Committee added an Executive MBA program. They designed the CIM Executive MBA specifically for individuals with three or more years of experience in the industry.
The CIM program has, and continues to provide, future leaders for the concrete industry. To learn more about the program, visit www.concretedegree.com.