CIM program at MTSU announces large company donation to building campaign

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 – is pleased to announce that the School of Concrete and Construction Management at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has recently received the largest company donation to their Building Campaign from Irving Materials, Inc. With the help of this contribution, the school has reached 50 percent of its $5 million goal.

“As an employer of 14 CIM graduates between Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana and nearly 50 summer interns, Irving Materials has always been a major supporter of our program,” said Dr. Heather Brown, Chair and Professor, MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management. “This generous gift will allow us to achieve 25 percent of the “brick and mortar” funding we need – positioning our building as a leader in the state for industry-matched infrastructure.”

A joint initiative between MTSU and leaders from the concrete industry, the CIM program provides students opportunities to enter a broad field that has an urgent need for skilled professionals. MTSU is the first university to integrate a technical education in concrete with business and communication skills needed to advance in the industry.

“Irving Materials greatly benefits from the efforts of CIM by employing graduates whose pride in their work make our company better every day,” said Irving Materials South President Kevin Swaidner. “This is in no small part due to the foundation they received at MTSU.”

“The School of Concrete and Construction’s new building is the first priority for the next statewide capital outlay funding cycle in July 2018,” said MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee. “Building proposals must show an industry match to the state investment and with these recent gifts, we are nearing our goal.”