The students should be involved in several operations such as estimating, scheduling, and project management to develop a "real world" perspective and to get a comprehensive view of how a company functions. "Incoming and prospective students understand that, unlike many other fields of study at the university level that do not incorporate professional certifications, ACI certification will place them at a competitive advantage in the future," said Tanya Komas, CIM Program Coordinator/ Director, California State University-Chico.
Mixing Certification with Higher Education Arizona State university and the ACI Arizona Chapter collaborate to prepare students for roles in industry by Luke m. SNeLL I n the fall of 2006, the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) at Arizona State University (ASU) formed its Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. This perspective and to get a comprehensive view of how a company functions. As the CIM program at ASU was being planned, three program is dedicated to preparing students for leadership questions were asked: roles in production, material supply, or construction in What basic knowledge should students attain through the concrete industry. The DEWSC has 50 years of success their CIM coursework? in construction education, and many of its graduates are What can the university do to ensure students have in management positions at companies in concrete meaningful intern experiences in the concrete industry? related fields; the CIM program is a good fit for ASU. How can the costs for any additional requirements be Two mandatory internships form key components of kept as reasonable as possible? the CIM program at DEWSC. For each of the internships, In addition to the author, the faculty for the ASU CIM students are expected to work a minimum of 400 hours, program includes Edwin Weaver, James Willson, and keep a daily log of their activities, do a self-assessment of Clinton Wilkins. As we developed the syllabi for the their activities, and write a summary report. The first freshman and sophomore level courses, we found that internship, in the summer between the sophomore and the ACI certification programs would allow us to integrate junior years, is field related. This internship experience is the basic concepts and theory of concrete with the actual intended to enhance classroom learning with a related, way concrete is tested and handled in the field. In the meaningful work experience that helps the student find freshman “Fundamentals of Concrete” class, the students direction for career interests and set priorities for career receive an overview of the basics of concrete. As a major aspirations. During the internship, students should seek part of the class, the students prepare for and take the (as much as possible) exposure to multiple construction ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician–Grade I certification processes involving field operations. exam (also known as Field Grade I). Although ASU CIM The second internship, in the summer between the graduates aren’t expected to work as concrete technicians, junior and senior years, is management oriented. This the Field Grade I certification exam is useful because: internship provides students, under the guidance of a 1. It provides hands-on, confidence-building experience company manager, the opportunity to apply the theories, with concrete; tools, and techniques learned in the classroom to actual 2. It directly links theory from the classroom to practice operational sit
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