As the Economy Puts More Young Adults on Mom & Dad’s Couch, Cheetah Learning Announces an Opportunity to Help Them Move Out on Their Own

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In October, the unemployment rate for Americans age 25-34 hit 8.3 percent. That number, higher than the national average, corresponds with a trend noted by the Census that more young adults are living with parents. Is there a way to reverse that tendency? “Yes,” say the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( who are promoting a lively little video designed to assist young adults launch an exit strategy.

Some years back, Matthew McConaughey starred as a 30-something still living with his Mom and Dad, at the time a funny premise. But now that increasing numbers in that age group are, in fact, living at home, it’s less amusing. That’s one reason why the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( are promoting a video to help inspire young adults to get off the bench and back into the game.

The two-minute video spotlights career opportunities offering $65,000 per year in a field CNN called “One of the top five ways to increase your salary.”

According to the most recent numbers available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of young adults living with parents increased between 2005 and 2011: The percentage of men age 25 to 34 went up from 14 percent to 19 percent; for women, the numbers rose from 8 to 10 percent.

Compounding the situation is that, between 2000 and 2011, real median income for that age group dropped 12.5 percent, Census figures show.

“The increase in 25 to 34 year olds living in their parents' home began before the recent recession, and has continued beyond it,” said Rose Kreider, a family demographer with the Fertility and Family Statistics Branch.

But a consensus identifying the problem, in and of itself, does not represent a solution. That’s why Cheetah Learning is putting a spotlight on the Project Management Institute’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential, a certification that can to lead to a career making $65,000 annually.

Here’s what Cheetah CEO and founder Michelle LaBrosse says about CAPM: “Candidates in the Cheetah PM Fundamentals Certificate program earn PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management credential and develop the skills to competently and confidently lead projects of increasing complexity for their organizations, clients, and volunteer projects.”

The opportunity represented by CAPM is the focus of a Cheetah-produced video titled “From Rags to Riches with Richard Cranium” that can be viewed at

The lively, fast-paced tale—based on a true story—features a lovable schlub named Rich who is forced to move back in with his parents after dropping out of college. The production was created using a combination live-action, cut-out style reminiscent of the animation in the BBC’s “Monty Python's Flying Circus.”

Though “Rags to Riches” is stylistically humorous, the message is serious business. Cheetah’s PM Fundamentals Certificate Program is designed for:

  • People with little or no Project Management experience who want to develop basic PM skills.
  • Professionals who want an internationally recognized PMI certification to add to their credentials.
  • People who want to increase their knowledge of “The PMBOK Guide,” known within the profession as the "bible" of Project Management.

“In just six weeks, students can learn the Project Management skills needed to confidently lead successful projects,” says Cheetah’s LaBrosse. “ Our three-phase program systemically takes participants through the basics of Project Management as well as the exam prep you need to pass PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management certification exam, earning the internationally recognized CAPM certification.”

CAPM benefits include expanded career options. Plus, CNN Money identified the Project Management field as “One of the top five ways to increase your salary.”

This certification meets the Federal Government requirement for having a certified PM on a project, LaBrosse said, adding that the Cheetah offering includes two courses that help participants develop the skills and experience needed to get hired into entry level jobs in project management where they can earn $65,000 per year.

Details about Cheetah's PM Fundamentals Certificate are available at

Cheetah Learning is an acknowledged leader in the accelerated approach to teaching. The Project Management Institute (PMI) recognized Cheetah as Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008. PMI selected Cheetah CEO and founder, Michelle LaBrosse, as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World.

For more information about Cheetah Learning and its various offerings, call (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management. Cheetah Learning is a quality client of Print & Radio (

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