Project Management Online Certificate Offered Beginning Fall 2019
Posted: May 14, 2019
The current economic climate makes the market ripe for Surry Community College’s new online Project Management Technology certificate program.
Management occupations are expected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2020 resulting in 807,300 new jobs to support the formations of new organizations and expansions of existing ones, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
SCC’s Project Management certificate is an 18-credit hour program that can be completed in one year through online classes. The students enrolled in the certificate program will complete nine credit hours in the fall semester and nine credit hours in the spring semester. No pre-requisites are required.
Dr. Kathryn Moland, PMP, is the Division Chair of SCC’s Computer and Electronics Division and will be instructing the new program.
“It is exciting that Surry Community College is offering this Project Management certification because we are only one of two community colleges in North Carolina that are offering this certificate,” Moland said.
High school juniors and seniors can take advantage of the Project Management certification, tuition free, as a part of the Career & College program and as a result have a Project Management certificate when they graduate from high school.
The class schedule is as follows: Fall 2019, PMT 110 Intro to Project Management; PMT 111 Project Management Assessing Risk; and BUS 115 Business Law I; and Spring 2020, PMT 201 Project Management Issues; PMT 215 Project Management Leadership; and PMT 220 Project Management Capstone.
“Students who are interested in Project Management and especially those students who are currently employed as project managers or project leads would be a good fit for the project management certificate,” Moland said. “This certificate will expand your knowledge and skill sets as it relates to project management. Additionally, the courses that are a part of the Project Management certificate can also be used if a student wants to pursue a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification awarded through Project Management Institute. So, the 18 credit hours could and would apply to that PMP certification if they want to moving forward.”
The Project Management certificate is a good fit for those working in information technology, construction, engineering, healthcare, government, and business management fields.
“The Project Management certificate classes are all offered online, so this is a great opportunity for those who are working full-time to pursue because, although, there will be deadlines for the course materials and due dates for the assignments, you can certainly work on those throughout your day based on your schedule,” Moland said.
Upon completing the Project Management Certificate at SCC, students will have skills allowing them to lead projects, create budgets, generate Microsoft Project schedules, and ultimately execute and control and close projects. These skills are needed regardless of the industry type.
“Being a PMP, a Project Management Professional, which is awarded through the Project Management Institute, has benefited me because I was able to secure a project management position in organizations, specifically IBM,” Moland said. “And, even after leaving IBM, I have been contacted by companies, because I do have a PMP, who have offered or expressed interest in hiring me to work as Project Manager. Having a PMP provides you with greater opportunity to get a higher salary. The PMP is also beneficial because you are following standards of project management that were developed by PMI, Project Management Institute.”
Faculty teaching the SCC’s courses have PMP certifications through the Project Management Institute and have also been employed in industry as project managers. These faculty will bring to the coursework their experience as project managers and will incorporate that into the delivery of the Project Management certification content.
“The Project Management certificate is completely online; however, I don’t want anyone to be turned off by that. The availability of faculty of teaching the courses is through Blackboard Collaborate and office hours are held through Blackboard Collaborate so students can always collaborate with their instructor to ask questions, share their screen and get clarification on any questions or concerns that they have about the assignments or coursework. Additionally, because we want you to be successful here at Surry Community College, especially in the Project Management certificate program, we will offer flexible office hours to make sure you are successful.”
Fall classes start Aug. 15, and the deadline to register is Aug. 2. For assistance with college application, financial aid, or class registration, contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or email@example.com.
If you would like additional information about the Project Management certificate, contact Dr. Moland at (336) 386-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.