Monday, July 11, 2011

A Project Management Institute or Program Gives You The Competitive Edge

Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario stands out for a variety of reasons. It was the first community college founded in the province. It has four campus locations. It offers more than 200 full-time programs. And it also boasts a program that is increasingly employing graduates but is not offered at university level — making it very appealing to many. The Project Management offering is designed as a post-graduate undertaking and takes just three semesters to complete.

But what exactly is project management? Increasingly, companies are seeking to deliver projects on time and, more importantly, on budget. As companies downsize and reign in spending, they are looking for professionals who can ensure that downsizing doesn’t jeopardize success. The majority of work for project managers can be found in large companies that employ specialized employees. These companies are found in virtually every industry, including: transportation, marketing, construction, health, new media, education, advertising, engineering, finance and more. Titles in this field include: Project Managers, Project Leaders, Process Development Analysts and Global Project Managers.

At Centennial College’s Project Management institute, students spend much of their time learning through hands-on application rather than one-way lecturing. They are encouraged to participate in group work, case studies, as well as an internship. During the 12-week internship, each student is assigned to an external host organization as an intern. Each student must take instruction and direction from the employer regarding his or her tasks while on work. Students will be monitored by a faculty member throughout the work term.

It should be noted that the Project Management institute at this particular college follows the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) methodology and provides solid, fundamental hands-on training to equip specialists in any discipline with the skills needed to manage projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. The program is also designed to enhance the basic learning from PMBOK by delivering a curriculum that includes hands-on integration of technology tools such as Microsoft Project and leading-edge industry case studies with a focus on organizational leadership. Particular courses in the project management undertaking include: Business Principles and Requirements Management, Project Management Tools and Applications, Project Planning and Scheduling, Employment Preparedness, Project Management Office, International Project Management & Professional Responsibilities, and more.

To apply to the Project Management institute program, students must submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary advanced diploma or degree program. The School will consider applicants presenting a combination of education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines. Non-academic requirements include: interview, transcript and resume review.

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