As the Possibility of Military Downsizing Looms, Cheetah Learning Encourages Veterans to Consider a Career in Project Management

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Reports of reductions in military forces by attrition, retirements and even the possibility of involuntary separations have some veterans concerned about the future, but the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have helped many good soldiers transition their military skills into a solid career in project management.

Reports of reductions in military forces by attrition, retirements and even the possibility of involuntary separations have some veterans concerned about the future, but the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have helped many good soldiers transition their military skills into a solid career in project management.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, up to 30,000 soldiers could be laid off in the next five years amid the Army’s efforts to trim its ranks, but even as reports of such downsizing loom, the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have learned how to leverage the training that make a good soldier into the skills that make good project managers in life after the military.

They are not alone.

Writing for FoxBusiness.com, Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, a certified executive coach trained in organizational psychology, penned an article earlier this year headlined “Why Veterans Make Good Project Managers.”

Woodward wrote that, “Many veterans have project management experience – just under a different name. The challenge is in the translation and repackaging of their skill sets so that hiring managers spot their skills.”

Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, knows what it’s like to transition from a military career to civilian life. In fact, she created the origins of the Cheetah Project Management methodology as an Air Force officer in the mid-1980s. She left the service and eventually launched Cheetah Learning, a project management training company.

“The US military is one of the best-run organizations on the planet,” LaBrosse once told an interviewer. “So any type of management training you can take, do it. It’s going to really help.”

With a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, LaBrosse, as a single mother of two, built Cheetah Learning on a solid foundation and then using the discipline she honed as a military officer, patiently and systematically grew it into a multi-million dollar powerhouse in the Project Management education field, a competitive arena with 1,600 providers who are registered with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

PMI recognized what LaBrosse and Cheetah epitomized, selecting her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World; and, in October 2008, recognizing her company as Professional Development Provider of the Year for the contribution it made with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.

For veterans considering Project Management as a post-military career option, Cheetah offers exclusive downloads, as well as Daily Tips, Tools and Deals, if they sign up for Cheetah's free PM Skill Builder emails. A sampling of what’s in those Skill Builder emails can be found at http://Twitter.com/MichelleCheetah.

A detailed video explaining why “Certified Project Managers Are Mission Critical” can be viewed at http://www.CheetahLearning.com/dave/credential/index.asp.

For more information about Cheetah Learning and its various training opportunities, call toll free in the U.S. at (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

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