CIM Student Profile
School: Texas State University
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020
“I knew the CIM program does a great job preparing students for the real world, with courses that directly relate to the concrete industry, giving students a great base of knowledge and hands-on experience.”
JACOB HANBY, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, chose Texas State University because of its fantastic reputation, smaller campus size and the CIM program. “I knew the CIM program does a great job preparing students for the real world, with courses that directly relate to the concrete industry, giving students a great base of knowledge and hands-on experience,” said Jacob.
The CIM program takes pride in its unique industry-academia partnership. “I have had the opportunity to interact with CIM Patrons on a regular basis,” said Jacob. “As the treasurer for our ACI Student Chapter, I gave several presentations to our Patron group and will continue interacting with them again this year as the president of the student chapter. The Patrons are very eager to help students succeed, providing advice and information about all areas of the concrete industry.”
CIM students often travel to events and/or association conventions to network and gain a more in-depth understanding of the industry. According to Jacob, “These events and conventions are a great way to see the concrete industry first-hand. In addition to speaking with manufacturer representatives, we can attend information sessions which provide the latest industry information.” While a CIM student, Jacob has attended World of Concrete as well as annual conventions for industry associations like the National Precast Concrete Association, the American Society of Concrete Contractors and American Concrete Institute.
“Take advantage of all the opportunities the CIM program has to offer like travel to conventions, membership to the ACI Student Chapter, networking events and job fairs. Also, take advantage of your internship opportunities. Apply for as many internships as you can, as soon as you can. Internships not only look great on your resume but are invaluable to help you gain experience in various areas of the concrete industry as well as meet industry leaders.”