CIM Faculty/Staff Member
Sally Victory, Executive Aide, Middle Tennessee State University
School: Middle Tennessee State University
Which CIM program are you involved with and what are your responsibilities?
I have been with the CIM program at Middle Tennessee State University for 11 years. After MTSU received a National Science Foundation Grant to expand the CIM Program to other universities, there was a lot of work to be done. My role was to offer clerical support to this effort. After completion, it was evident that another staff person was needed to keep up with the growth of the flagship program.
Have you had any particularly meaningful or exciting experiences during your time with the program?
Because CIM is still so unique it didn’t take long to feel the family environment. The close relationships that are established with students-turned-alumni are very rewarding. Seeing alumni so successful in their careers makes you realize that you somehow made a small difference to many.
What advice would you give to someone considering joining the CIM program?
The career opportunities are endless within this industry. Once people get past the blue collar work mindset and learn that it is much, much more, parents and students learn of the great industry opportunities. You can have a lifelong career in this industry. Strong industry support and fundraising efforts that allow CIM students to visit, explore and participate is a wonderful perk.
What advice would you give to a student who isn’t sure about the career path they want to take?
Hopefully the Introduction to Concrete (CIM 1010) class will give you some idea of the difference between the two paths. Also, do multiple internships on both sides of the concentrations. Being out on different job sites allows you to get a definite feel for what is for you, and with that students can certainly decide. What advice would you give a student about to graduate and enter the working world? If at all possible, leave your options open for location. Go with your area of interest first, the company you prefer, and in the end you will be happier. Make the best of what you have learned to further your career. Show a good strong work ethic.
In your opinion, what is something the CIM program offers that no other programs in the country do?
The curriculum is full of concrete knowledge and incorporates a business portion — which is critical to succeed in the concrete industry. Highly trained faculty in this particular field is not easy to find and CIM has those.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with CIM? I’ve learned so much about the concrete industry working at MTSU. The industry is so large, yet has such a close-knit family feel. I’ve been able to meet so many people and I take pride seeing our alumni succeed with their careers.