Mixing Certification with Higher Education by ProQuest


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      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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