School: Middle Tennessee State University
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: Southern Concrete
“The CIM program introduced me to the scientific side of the construction industry. It provides real, hands-on opportunities to gain the industry exposure that every college student should have.”
What school did you graduate from and in which year?
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2014.
What is your current position and responsibilities at Southern Concrete?
I currently work in sales at Southern Concrete Products in Jackson, Tennessee. I meet with companies to discuss their needs for current and upcoming projects to ensure the specifications are met, while receiving a quality product.
Why did you choose this position and this company?
Southern Concrete offered an opportunity to grow with the company, while learning each aspect of their operation.
How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities?
The CIM program introduced me to the scientific side of the construction industry. It provides real, hands-on opportunities to gain the industry exposure that every college student should have. The program teaches you so much about the concrete industry and also so much about business. When I started my career, I was very fortunate to have very few instances that I wasn’t familiar with, which helped take some of the fear out of a new start.
Why did you choose the CIM program?
I started college as a double major in Civil & Construction Engineering at another university. When the time came to move back to Middle Tennessee, I remembered everyone talking about the CIM program when I was growing up, so I decided to stay in the construction industry and give it a try. I can honestly say that I loved my major, and I made an excellent choice.
What classes did you enjoy the most? The least?
I enjoyed the majority of my concrete classes, but I especially enjoyed my lab classes. My least favorites were definitely my English and writing classes.
What advice would you give to current CIM students?
My advice would be to never say “no” to an opportunity that is given. The CIM program is full of amazing, helpful faculty members who strive to help you succeed. Take advantage of everything that is offered – conferences, conventions, interviews, socials, internships, current projects – everything. That exposure is what will set you apart from everyone else.