The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program — a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management — will host its fifth annual auction to be held at the World of Concrete on Feb. 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Organizers hope the 2010 Auction is even bigger than the 2009 Auction, which raised approximately $300,000. In addition to the traditional auction items, a silent auction will occur in the North Hall this year.
The money raised from both the live and silent auctions will benefit the CIM National Steering Committee and support the CIM programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, California State University — Chico, and Texas State University.
“The support from the concrete industry has been tremendous. Thanks to the World of Concrete [WOC] Show Management, Hanley Wood Publications, Concrete Producer magazine, Concrete Construction magazine, McNeilus and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the 2009 auction helped raise valuable dollars that benefit the CIM programs,” said Brian Gallagher, chairman of the CIM Marketing Committee.
To date, the following companies have donated these big ticket items for the auction:
• McNeilus — concrete mixer
• Holcim — cement
• LaFarge — cement
• Command Alkon — batch panel system
Other items available through the silent and live auctions include concrete saws, drills, vibrators, scaffolding, safety equipment, screeds, fiber transport systems, dust collectors, NDT equipment, decorative concrete tools, water meters, pumps, generators, training sessions, reference books, advertisements, computers, sports memorabilia, sports travel packages, golf school packages and vacation travel packages.
Those interested in making a donation should contact Wally Johnson at 713/499-6229 or email@example.com.
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 in 1994 and was put into action by the concrete industry. The end-result was a partnership between the concrete industry and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to develop the CIM program, implementing it with its first two students in 1996. Available at MTSU, Arizona State University, California State University, Chico, Texas State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the program has been successful for both the industry and the graduates.
The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic construction management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able 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 mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law also are taken throughout the length of the program.
The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses emphasize problem solving, quality assurance and customer satisfaction. They utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities for growth include on-campus socials and other organized events providing industry networking and professional development.
For more information, visit www.concretedegree.com.