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The bidding was fast and furious at the annual Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Auction at World of Concrete on Wednesday. The total amount of money raised was not available, however organizers had said it could break a record for the event, which is now in its eight year.

Again this year, the signature item was a ready-mix truck donated by Mack Trucks Inc. (Booth C5427) and McNeilus Co. (Booth C6439). Auction attendees also bid on a variety of construction equipment, materials such as cement, software packages, safety equipment, and tools available. There also were tickets to sporting events and vacation packages.

There also was a silent auction before the regular event. Again this year, people from around the nation who were not at the show bid on their favorite items through the Internet. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (Booth C4111) conducted the event.

CIM program was the first of its kind in U.S. —a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The first CIM program began at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1996 and produced its first graduates in 2000. Since then, it is has expanded to Arizona State University; California State University, Chico; Texas State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Today, there are more than 600 students pursuing degrees in Concrete Industry Management, and hundreds of CIM graduates working in the concrete industry.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic construction management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program.

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