Project management includes the processes of planning, organizing, and managing resources to complete project goals and objectives. Project managers oversee all elements of a project, as they lead and motivate a team of workers and coordinate their efforts. Communication is critical throughout and is one of a project manager’s primary responsibilities.
Project managers can be found in all kinds of businesses, industries, and nonprofits charged with completing projects on schedule, while attending to issues of scope, quality, time, and budget.
Completing the Adult Undergraduate project management certificate program will help prepare you to assume a project manager’s main responsibilities for the overall management of projects from start-up to closeout:
- Preparing and submitting accurate forecasting, estimates, progress reports and tracking costs.
- Making a plan for risk management, using examples from previous projects.
- Collaborating with major functional areas to identify and evaluate fundamental issues in the project, interpret data, make good business decisions and ensure the implementation of timely solutions.
- Scheduling the project in logical steps and budgeting time required to meet deadlines.
- Ensuring all project deliverables meet customers' expectations.
- Communicating effectively with project stakeholders in an effort to maintain project schedules, identify potential problems, and improve project performance.
- Managing supplier performance to ensure that they produce deliverables meeting expectations.
The Project Management program provides students with:
- Fundamental project management concepts,
- Training in Microsoft Project and other tools, and
- Skills needed for a lucrative career in project management.
Obtaining the Nebraska Wesleyan Project Management Certificate provides a good foundation for going on to get the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), which is a separate entity from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Read more about preparing for PMI certification.
Project management skills can be used in virtually any industry—from information technology to consumer goods to business services. According to PMI, “...there is a growing shortage of project talent as organizations have begun to recognize that project managers can improve business performance in any industry. According to a study published in October 2008 by the Anderson Economic Group, an average of 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016.”
A project manager career path requires strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. In addition, critical thinking, listening, nonverbal communication, and problem-solving abilities are valuable assets. Because business decisions are made on the basis of their statements and services, they should have high standards of integrity. Most project managers also possess knowledge, skills, and experience in a particular industry; e.g. information technology, health care, business, or construction.
Students can complete Nebraska Wesleyan’s Project Management program in 28 weeks of classes, plus individually scheduled independent study. Courses are offered in four five-week sessions, followed by one eight-week session. Classes meet one night a week in both Lincoln and Omaha.
Nebraska Wesleyan students can earn the undergraduate certificate alone or use the project management coursework as a supporting program for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree or as a specialization area for the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Communication.
Note: A Graduate Certificate in Project Management is not offered.
The NWU Project Management Certificate coursework will help you prepare for Project Management Institute (PMI)’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certifications.
NWU offers two preparatory courses for PMP® and CAPM® examinations – PRO 209 CAPM® Prep and PRO 239 PMP® Prep. Click here to find out more about these courses and how to enroll.
A globally recognized project management certification from PMI will show employers that you have the knowledge, experience and education to effectively contribute to project team success. PMI certification can:
- Endorse your project management knowledge and professional experience on a global level.
- Lead to career opportunities and career advancement with higher salaries.
- Provide you a competitive advantage within the job market.
Read also, Why Choose a PMI Certification?
Employee Training Programs Available
NWU is pleased to work with individual companies to craft customized versions of project management classes for employee training programs. Contact Annie Fink at 402.827.3555, afink2 [at] nebrwesleyan.edu for Lincoln and Omaha.
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