Concrete Industry Management Program Expands to Upper Midwest Region
The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program that has grown in scope and influence since its founding in 1996 is close to achieving another significant milestone by estabishing a foothold in the Upper Midwest region of the U.S. During a recent National Steering Committee meeting of the CIM Board of Directors, South Dakota State University (SDSU) was selected as the fifth university to host a CIM program and the first in the Upper Midwest. The school, based in Brookings, was chosen for a variety of key factors, including a strong commitment to establishing a CIM program by all levels of their administration; prior experience with public-private partnerships; outstanding laboratory and classroom facilities; favorable tuition rates; and strong support from state government agencies, private firms and SDSU alumni. The other four institutions that already feature CIM programs are California State University - Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Texas State University.
Once the agreement is formalized and ratified by the relevant parties, it is expected that SDSU will enroll its first CIM students in Fall 2022. The original configuration of the North Central Region included the states of Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. However, since SDSU allows students in contiguous states to pay in-state tuition, this expands student recruiting to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. If your company has operations or if you have members of your associations in any of these 12 states, please let them know about the SDSU CIM program.