CIM Faculty/Staff Member
Tim Hostettler, CIM Internship Coordinator, California State University – Chico
School: California State University - Chico
Which CIM program are you involved with and what are your responsibilities?
I am involved with the California State University – Chico program. I serve as an instructor and internship coordinator.
How did you become involved with this school and the CIM program?
Long-time industry friend Doug Guerrero told me about the pending program at a golf outing, and I offered my services as a local industry member. I only intended to act as a facilitator between the program and industry, arranging field trips and introducing faculty to potential guest speakers. The invitation to teach came as a surprise, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the students.
What interesting projects have your students been involved with during this last school year?
Our students have travelled to many wonderful industry events including World of Concrete, the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show, Command-Alkon’s customer training conference, and many others. Students also participate in many local field trips, like visiting Lehigh Cement’s Redding plant. In addition, we have worked on local construction projects like Habitat for Humanity’s recent efforts in Chico.
Why should incoming students consider CIM as a major course of study? Students who graduate from the CIM program have tremendous opportunities to work in a field that will always be relevant. Concrete is the cornerstone of nearly all construction and our students come out of school with a skill set that allows them to become valuable to an employer in a relatively short period of time. In addition, the contacts students make while enrolled in this program facilitate finding a job after graduation.
Can you describe the different career paths that graduates of the CIM program can take?
The field is wide open; students can find careers with ready-mix producers in a variety of capacities (sales, operations, quality control, etc.), concrete construction and repair companies, aggregate or cement companies, admixture companies, precast companies, or industry consulting firms, just to name a few.
What is unique about the graduates of the CIM program?
I like to think of our graduates as being uniquely marketable. They will not graduate knowing everything there is to know, but they will have a skill set that will enable them to continue learning and succeed in the industry by quickly becoming valuable employees. As an individual who has grown up in the concrete industry, I can honestly say that our graduates leave school with knowledge that it took me twenty years to obtain; all they need is experience.