We have been pleasantly surprised at the level of support, awareness and involvement we have experienced
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Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (http://www.wmpmi.org) has been recognized for delivering the first of its kind Inter-Collegiate Competition in Project Management, THE Project 2012. The competition was held from January to March of 2012 with eight teams from six Colleges competing for $10,000 in prize money. The Project Management Institute (http://www.pmi.org) has now invited Ted Kallman, PMP, Certified ScrumMaster, lead Project Manager for THE Project 2012 and VP of Marketing for WMPMI, to speak at its Leadership Institute Meeting October 19, 2012 in Vancouver British Columbia. PMI also highlighted the Competition in the July issue of its Magazine PMI Today, which is sent to 700,000 sebscribers world-wide, and 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. Dematic, Steelcase, Amway, Stryker, SIS and the Grand Rapids Business Journal and other local businesses partnered with WMPMI to host a project management competition simply known as THE Project 2012.
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 student teams, along with their school, business, and PMP mentors, created a project management plan for a business seeking B Corporation certification. B Corps permits and protects businesses in making social and environmental decisions. Instead of being accountable only to shareholders, B Corps businesses must also consider their impact on employees, their community, and the environment.
“B Corps certification allows a business to have a triple bottom line focus of profit, people and the environment,” Kelly Talsma, PMP, Vice President of Education at WMPMI during the competition, said.
“We were looking for a fun and cross-informative way to combine academia, business and our PMI chapter. That’s when we came up with the concept of a college project management competition. We have been pleasantly surprised at the level of support, awareness and involvement we have experienced
Many West Michigan business and political leaders agreed to judge the competition. Senior Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder Dick Posthumus, Editor of the Grand Rapids Business Journal and Gemini Publications Carole Valade, CEO of Cascade Engineering Fred Keller, Principle of Mitchell Intellectual Property Law, James Mitchell, and President of Spectrum Health Hospital Group, Matt Van Vraken comprised the panel of judges.
Each student team followed a schedule of deadlines at three stages and make presentations to the panel of judges.
“We also threw wrenches in each team’s process,” Talsma said. “It was important for them to show how they would handle actual business challenges.”
THE Project 2012 gave students real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise. Of the 38 students who participated in the competition almost half received internship or job offers soon after the competition.
“We see this competition expanding next year,” said Tom Shaw, President of WMPMI. “We also hope to see THE Project replicated by other PMI chapters and possibly established as a national competition in the future.”
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.