"We look forward to this competition being a core part of the West Michigan business and academic communities for years to come." Ted Kallman
Grandville, MI (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Ted Kallman, PMP, Certified ScrumMaster, the VP of Marketing for the Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (http://www.wmpmi.org) as Project Lead, was asked to present how WMPMI delivered the first of its kind Inter-Collegiate Competition in Project Management, THE Project 2012, at the Leadership Institute Meeting of PMI in Vancouver, BC October 20th, 2012.
PMI conducts it Leadership Institute Meeting, or LIM, prior to its International Congresses every year in North America and EMEA. The LIM, held last week, preceded the North American Congress and was attended by almost 900 PMI volunteer leaders from around the world. Mr. Kallman opened his presentation during the Education Outreach session with the video attached to this Press Release. He then highlighted some of the challenges and successful aspects of THE Project 2012 for those attending. Tom Shaw, President of WMPMI said, “We consider ‘THE Project’ Collegiate Competition to be one of the most innovative and intriguing partnerships between a Chapter and local business and Academic partners that we have ever seen. Its continuing success is a wonderful opportunity for WMPMI but it is also a strong template for other local Chapters within PMI that may wish to replicate it.”
THE Project 2012 competition was held from January to March of 2012 with eight teams from six colleges and universities compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and paid internships at major corporations in West Michigan. The Grand Valley State University team took top honors, the Dematic Award, on the final competition day April 9, 2012.
The competition has gained local, national and International attention. PMI highlighted the Competition in the July issue of its Magazine PMI Today, which is sent to 700,000 subscribers world-wide, and also played the video being sent with this Press Release at its Leadership Institute Meeting prior to the EMEA Congress in Marseilles France May 8th, 2012.
In recent years Project Management has grown into an important business field and West Michigan has begun to take notice. Experis (this years $10,000.00 lead Sponsor),Dematic, Steelcase, Amway, Stryker, SIS, the Grand Rapids Business Journal and other local businesses are partnering with WMPMI again to host the intercollegiate project management competition titled THE Project 2013.
“It is a humbling experience to be recognized as a project team and as a Chapter for taking a new idea and delivering it to reality in less than a year. We look forward to this competition being a core part of the West Michigan business and academic communities for years to come. We appreciate the level of support, awareness and involvement we have experienced” Kallman said.
THE Project 2012 gave students real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise. Of the 38 students who participated in the competition over half receiving internships or job offers soon after the competition.
PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. It has more than 700,000 members and credential holders in 185 countries with 677 of those members in the West Michigan Chapter.