The Prince George's County Small Business Initiative Partners with George Mason University to Offer Contracting With the Federal Government Certificate Program

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The Prince George's Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Initiative Program (SBI) has partnered with George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education, to offer the Contracting with the Federal Government Certificate Program.

The Prince George's Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Initiative Program (SBI) has partnered with George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education, to offer the Contracting with the Federal Government Certificate Program. The program is designed for government contracting professionals to proactively ensure that their business operations remain compliant with current federal standards. This comprehensive program includes five in-depth courses taught by instructors with strong backgrounds in government contracting. This core curriculum is offered in three series: Series I, October 20 - November 13; Series II, January 28 - March 26; and Series III, April 15 - June 25, 2009.

Course content is drawn from Deltek's experience in diverse government contracting environments. The classes are taught by Deltek instructors, in an academic setting at Mason's Herndon Training Center, and cooperatively with Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, at their training center in Largo, Maryland. In addition, these courses can be scheduled for group training, and delivered at a time and location chosen by the group sponsor.

The series content focuses on recent government contracting trends, including the current regulatory environment, as well as proposed changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). These highly participatory courses include extensive course material, examples, and resource materials. All courses qualify for 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 16 (CPE's) through George Mason University, and may also lead to a George Mason University certificate award. No advance preparation or prerequisites are required to attend. However, participating students with limited contracting experience are encouraged to attend the "World of Government Contracting" course before attending any of the remaining four seminars.

Courses are scheduled throughout the academic year and can be taken alone or completed as a series to earn a Certificate of Completion in Federal Government Contracting through George Mason University. Experienced professionals who are new or nearly new to government contracting, and professionals in need of a refresher should attend. Participants will gain valuable information and guidance from real world examples of government contracting, expand their knowledge and clarify processes.

The Small Business Initiative Program is a division of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. SBI provides direct assistance to the rapid-growth companies located in Prince George's County to provide access to capital, and contract opportunities. It's partner, named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor near Washington, D.C., Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, dance, organizational psychology and health care, Mason students are routinely recognized with national and international scholarships.

For program information or to register Contact: George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education Tel: 703-993-4800, or visit http://www.pgcedc.com/sbi/calendarSBI.php or http://www.ocpe.gmu.edu/cfgpgc.html

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