Silver Spring, Md.—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—announces the addition of CIM to the curriculum of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, beginning in spring 2009.

To help meet the growing needs of the concrete industry around the country, CIM currently has programs in-place at four other universities including Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Arizona State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and California State University, Chico. Although currently supporting nearly 300 students, the concrete industry could easily 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," said David L. Vickers, interim executive director of the CIM National Steering Committee (NSC). "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."

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the CIM program was developed in 1996. The individuals graduating from this program will have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21st century. It is a business intensive program, providing solid management skills that can be used in any industry, but has been developed specifically for the concrete industry. The program gives students many advantages including entering the concrete work force with exposure to the industry early in their careers, unlike others coming in with generic business degrees.
To learn more about the program, visit www.concretedegree.com.

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