From the Board and PMIEF Chair
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PMI Today: How can project
management skills help prepare students
to be career and college ready?
Ms. Partleton: Managing projects
provides experiences to help build 21st-
century skills that will help students
achieve success in college while equipping
them with the abilities most desired by
future employers. Some of these students
may choose to pursue a career in project
management; others may use the skills
to help them achieve success in any
career because project management is a
universal business skill.
Project management, taught through
using hands-on learning procedures,
produces a deeper learning experience
because students learn through practice.
Just as in real life, some projects succeed
and some fail, but learning through projects still produces deep, applied learning.
PMI Today: How can project
management skills help students in their
day-to-day lives, both inside and outside
of the classroom?
Ms. Partleton: We believe project man-
agement is a life skill. It helps a person
define and accomplish his or her goals in
life. Students who learn these skills find
that not only do they complete their
assigned projects in school better and
learn more, but they can apply these same
skills to whatever they want to do in life.
PMI Today: How can project management skills be beneficial to teachers?
Ms. Partleton: Project management
skills benefit teachers in two ways. First,
teachers use projects in their classrooms
to facilitate various learning objectives.
The projects will be more successful
if the teacher understands the basic
tenants of project management and uses
the correct terminology when speaking
about projects. Second, teachers who
receive project management instruction
quickly realize that the tools and
techniques they learn can be applied to
the projects they do themselves, such
as planning a field trip or developing a
lesson plan for school year.
Helping Education Officials
PMI Today: How can project management skills benefit school administrators,
state departments of education and
ministries of education from a program
and portfolio perspective?
Ms. Partleton: As is true in the private
sector, school administrators are being
asked to do much more with much
less; project and project portfolio
management methods provide a
means to deliver projects on time and
within budget. These methods also
help administrators plan and prioritize
the multitude of projects that must be
Three U.S. states, Idaho, North Carolina
and Washington, are building project
management capacity at the state level.
At a recent meeting in Italy, a member
of the Ministry of Education was present
and articulated the financial benefits
that she could see in the adoption of
project management practices at the
Boosting Prospects for
PMI Today: How can building project
management capacity help small not-for-profit organizations that function on
a minimal budget become more efficient
Ms. Gordon Parla: At these not-for-profit organizations and NGOs, a limited
number of staff and volunteers typically
manage projects that include planning
fundraising events, organizing volunteer
and staff training, and implementing
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