Texas State University, San Marcos, has scheduled a spring 2009 launch for its Concrete Industry Management program, modeled after four-year degree offerings
Texas State University, San Marcos, has scheduled a spring 2009 launch for its Concrete Industry Management program, modeled after four-year degree offerings at Middle Tennessee State University (flagship), Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and California State University, Chico. Texas State students will join a pool of approximately 300 enrolled in CIM programs. They will continue to narrow a management-talent void based on estimates of the concrete industry’s ability to support more than 500 CIM graduates per year.
The industry is growing at a rapid pace, so the need for professionals devoted to the concrete industry is critical, says David Vickers, Interim Executive Director of the CIM National Steering Committee. The CIM program encourages students to get enthusiastic about a career in the concrete industry early in their professional development. The positive response from students prompted us to expand the program to Texas State.
Adds Texas State’s Vedaraman Sriraman, the CIM program is a hand-in-glove fit considering the school’s strategic imperatives. The University has [recently] initiated niche academic programs in science, engineering, business and health professions that were very relevant to the Texas and the U.S. economies. Given the fact that Texas is ranked second nationally in concrete production volume and the number of plants, the CIM program is very timely.