Patrons of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program at California State University (CSU), Chico presented $159,500 to the University on March 18.

CIM is a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. University President Paul Zingg, along with officers from the Chico State Patrons organization and the CIM faculty, were in attendance.

During the past three years, the CSU Chico Patrons, along with the CIM National Steering Committee, have presented checks in excess of $1,137,000 to the University. These funds directly support the CIM program at CSU in addition to providing scholarships for students participating in the program.

Doug Guerrero, retired CEMEX Vice President and Chairman of the Chico State CIM Program, says that the program is doing extremely well and is performing at the growth rate planned when it was established in 2006. "After being in place for three years, we have more than 60 declared CIM students and will graduate our first 9 Concrete Industry Management majors this May. The success to date is due to the dedication of the active Patrons in providing the donations to fund the startup of the program," he said.

According to Guerrero, the Chico State CIM Patrons have also provided additional funds for industry scholarships to all qualified students, funds for students and faculty to travel to Concrete Industry meetings, trade shows and conventions. "We have also gifted significant dollars for the Concrete Lab Improvement Project. These gifts, along with additional donations of equipment and materials, and generous donation of time to guest lecture, has resulted in the growth and success of the CIM Program at Chico State. This truly is a partnership between the concrete industry and the University," he said.