Get to Know:
Savanna Sitz, a senior at Texas State University
Why did you choose to attend Texas State University?
I chose Texas State because of the CIM program and the amazing location. No other school in the state has the unique program or anything with similar opportunities. Texas State also has a beautiful campus in San Marcos; the area is full of clear rivers and hiking trails and is close to Austin and San Antonio.
Why did you choose the CIM program?
I joined the CIM program because my brother was currently in the program. I saw the internship and lab assistant opportunities he received and it was hard to ignore how highly he talked of the program and his professors. When I decided to change majors, it was easy to choose a degree that had such a high employment rate and that incorporated my favorite subject: infrastructure.
What are your career goals?
After graduation I plan to work for a ready-mix concrete company in Texas in operations or quality control. I love the hardworking people who make up the concrete industry and hope to end up in operations management or sales as I further my career.
Have you participated in any internships during your time at Texas State?
During the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to work with Lafarge-Holcim in Dallas, Texas. This past summer, I worked for Lehigh Hanson’s Houston ready-mix division. The highlight of my summer was working on a water sample project. I tested the mixing water from 20 ready-mix plants around the Houston area for compliance with TxDOT standards. I also helped with a 7,500+ yard overnight mass pour. It was an incredible experience learning about the scheduling and planning that goes into a project of that size and then getting to witness it and help hands on with the team on the jobsite.
How has CIM prepared you for working in the concrete industry?
The CIM program at Texas State has prepared me in many ways to enter the concrete industry after graduation. Twice a year, we have a career fair that gives students the opportunity to meet with concrete industry employers for internships and full-time jobs. All of our CIM classes have real-life applications and are tailored to teach us everything we need to be successful in our future careers.
Interested in reading more stories from current and past CIM students? Not only do we have these profiles in each edition of the CIM annual report, but they are also listed on the website.
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