FWPMI Academic Outreach Creative Approach
Academic outreach efforts look very different this year due to the challenge of COVID-19. The FWPMI Academic Outreach group has had to be creative with connections to continue the mission of extending Project Management instruction throughout the local Fort Worth education community. In-person outreach opportunities are few and when available, protocols are in place to adhere to the CDC social distancing requirements. FWPMI has risen to the challenge of the ‘new normal’.
Despite the COVID-19 challenges, FWPMI Academic Outreach is staying very active. In October Correy Retzloffe visited University of Texas Arlington College of Business and presented a three-part series to Organizational Behavior students. The first two sessions were completed onsite with social distancing protocols and the last session was online via a MicrosoftTeams format. Students learned a variety of project management topics from Communication to Conflict Management. Despite the social distancing and online requirements students were very engaged and showed continued interested in project management.
November is shaping up to be a busy month as FWPMI representatives -- Hope Olsen, Jas Gill, Jeanie Anidrudham and Samantha Cowan -- completed four online outreach events to TCU Neely School of Business students covering project management, agile methodology versus waterfall methodology, risk management, earned value and challenges faced by virtual project teams. Dr. Beata Jones, Professor of Business Information Systems Practice at TCU, sent this message to the team: “Thank you all so much for a terrific opportunity for our students to learn from the experts in the field! We so appreciate your time and the insights shared, as they were timely in the context of our class project and inspiring.”
Despite the challenges and changes, FWPMI representatives are answering the call!
Academic Outreach Team
This team strives to advance the profession and practice of project management by developing relationships with local academic institutions (middle school, high school, colleges and universities). They create awareness of PMI Education Foundation and academic standards and work with these institutions to create demand for project management programs, clubs and curricula.
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