Updates from PMIWDC's Educational Partnerships Operational Area
A featured board article by Mike Hannan, VP Educational Partnerships
Educational Partnerships focuses on expanding its reach into local high schools and universities, helping spur interest in our profession by demonstrating the power of Project Management as a professional discipline and as a life skill.
Over the past year, PMIWDC has begun to integrate its engagement with area colleges and universities in a way that presents a "single face" to each relationship, with partnership levels incorporating aspects of student engagement, student mentoring, guest lecturing, cross-promotion of PM conferences, sponsorship of chapter events, and more.
AVP of Higher Ed Partnerships Michael Spead has extended our relationship with George Washington University by formalizing our mentorship of GWU's student-led PM Association, and continues to strengthen our ties with George Mason University, serving as mentor of a similar student-led PM group.
The relationship building has helped strengthen sponsor engagement, with the GWU School of Business continuing to serve as a PMIWDC Gold sponsor, and with the University of Maryland becoming our sole Diamond sponsor for the first time. Further contributing to the chapter is our continuing relationship with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), with jointly marketed classes - an arrangement that we hope to expand to other area universities in the near future.
On the K-12 side, AVP Marsha Marinich has orchestrated PMIWDC volunteer engagement as judges in the "Future City" competition held each year by non-profit DiscoverE. Middle-school students from around the world work on projects that rely on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to imagine, design, and build cities of the future.
We are also continuing our sponsorship support of the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) group on project management, and presenting to an EYE audience of about 10-15 college-bound and college-age students on PM as a highly employable skill.
Last, in support of the global K-12 "International Baccalaureate Program," which helps prepare students for an increasingly interconnected world, VP Mike Hannan and former CEO Kendall Lott volunteered at a local middle school's "mock interview" day held in early June. Graduating eighth-grade students dressed in professional attire, prepared a resume and portfolio of their best work, and practiced their interviewing skills. Mike and Kendall interviewed a total of almost 50 students over two days, sharing their PM career advice, and came away highly impressed with the caliber of our future leaders.
If you are interested in working with the Educational Partnership team on teaching PM curriculum in the High schools, guest speaking to students of all levels, working with universities and creating outreach opportunities for PM in the community, please contact VP Educational Partnerships Mike Hannan.