CIM Student Profile
School: California State University, Chico
Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Expected Date of Graduation: 2021
“What a great experience. Working with these two companies provided a broad view into many facets of the concrete industry from aggregate sourcing to ready mix, precast and so much more.”
TANNER OLSEN is a CIM student at Chico State from Petaluma, CA. He is on track to graduate with a degree in CIM in the spring of 2021. Prior to starting school, Tanner worked as a line pump operator placing concrete and was an ACI-certified wet mix shotcrete nozzleman. He originally chose Chico State for its construction management program but, because of his passion for the concrete industry, quickly realized that the CIM program provided a better career track for his future endeavors.
The CIM program works with partners in the concrete industry providing summer internships and during Tanner’s time at Chico, he has had the opportunity to intern with both BASF and Master Builders. “What a great experience,” said Tanner. “Working with these two companies provided a broad view into many facets of the concrete industry from aggregate sourcing to ready mix, precast and so much more.” Kristen – this could be a good break out quote.
Preparing students to be the next generation of leaders in the concrete industry is the mission of the CIM program. “CIM does a great job providing students with opportunities to meet and network with successful individuals in our industry,” said Tanner. “Academics are very important, but without guidance or context for that knowledge, it can limit graduates. Our CIM Patrons play a major role in supporting CIM students to make sure we are fully prepared for a career in the concrete industry.”
Tanner’s advice to current CIM students:
Get involved, meet people and be a leader. The CIM program provides us with an opportunity to get our foot in the door of the professional world, but what we do with that is entirely up to us. Our effort and attitude will be seen and judged by professors, Patrons, leaders in the concrete industry and our peers. Now is the time to show who you are and make the best possible impression.