CIM Graduates

CIM Graduate

Jason Dodson

School: Middle Tennessee State University

Graduation Date: 2001

Employer: Structural Group

“There are so many facets of the program that have helped me in my career! The CIM program allowed me to gain a respect for how complicated concrete really is. Understanding all the different ways you can change the physical and chemical properties of concrete has been invaluable to my career.”

What school did you graduate from and when?

I graduated in 2001 from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management (CIM) and a minor in Business Administration.

What are your current position and responsibilities at Structural Group?

I am currently the Division Manager of the Baton Rouge Office. My responsibilities include mentoring project engineers and project managers. I am also responsible for business development (developing relationships with vendors and clients), project estimating and project management, and, most important, ensuring that all our employees passionately follow our Safety 24/7 culture.

Why did you choose this position and this company?

I chose Structural Group because of their Project Engineer Career Development (PECD) Program. This is a program for all new hires, which matches them with seasoned mentors to help them learn and grow in the company. I have worked with Structural Group for 7 years now, and could not have found a better company to fit my personality. The company culture allows a person to express his/her opinion and encourages growth both professionally and personally.

How did the CIM program prepare you for your current job responsibilities?

There are so many facets of the program that have helped me in my career! The CIM program allowed me to gain a respect for how complicated concrete really is. Understanding all the different ways you can change the physical and chemical properties of concrete has been invaluable to my career.

Why did you choose the CIM program?

I had a friend who was in the CIM program, and I was blessed that one day he started talking to me about concrete. I took the Concrete 101 class and was amazed at how hands-on the program was! As I got further into the program, the industry involvement was something I had never seen before, and I was thoroughly impressed.

What advice would you give to current CIM students?

Attitude and determination are everything! This degree will open doors, but it’s up to you to make a difference. I will leave you with a quote that has served me well through the years: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

~ Calvin Coolidge