CIM Faculty/Staff Member
Amanda Muller, Associate Development Director, California State University – Chico
School: California State University Chico
Which CIM program are you involved with and what are your responsibilities?
I am currently the Administrative Coordinator of Student Outreach and Recruitment at California State University, Chico. This fall, I am teaching the CIMT 101 class and am a part-time lecturer.
What made you decide to join the program?
I applied for the program when I heard about the amazing opportunities and success the program had for its students. It’s amazing to see the student-industry relationship developing as soon as they declare the major. There aren’t a lot of majors out there that provide the support and tools to be a successful graduate and representative of this program. I’m truly lucky to be a part of this program.
Have you had any particularly meaningful or exciting experiences during your time with the program?
This program is one of the best things that has happened in my career. Being able to develop students and provide the support they need to be successful in the classroom and in the industry is very rewarding. I take pride in knowing the students by name and being able to guide them through their college experience. In my position I’m also able to spread the word to students at both the high school and community college level about the opportunities available.
What advice would you give to someone considering joining the CIM program?
College is a very confusing place. You need to know your options. If this degree sounds interesting, I think you should AT LEAST take the CIMT 101 class to see if this could be the path for you. There are so many different pathways this degree offers. Something that isn’t vocalized enough is the family atmosphere that is offered when joining the program here at Chico.
In your opinion, what is something the CIM program offers that no other programs in the country do?
CIM is a rare jewel. I’ve been so honored to represent such a unique program and I couldn’t be more proud of the students that graduate from our university. This program has such great support from its industry and supporters that truly believe in what we are doing as a program. The scholarship program available for students is phenomenal. More and more I see students struggling to find the funds to go to college. With the support of the Patrons group and the industry, this program makes dreams possible. I recruit students from various backgrounds, and some of those students are in serious need of aid to pursue their futures. I can’t thank the National Steering Committee, our Patrons and industry enough for their generosity to help CIM students worry less about how to pay for school and to focus more on the classroom.