Black Diamond Charities
Free Project Management Fundamentals Course
Black Diamond Charities delivers a unique, free project management fundamentals class to US military and veterans to help advance their civilian careers. Instructors are all PMP certified and bring a wealth of diverse industry experience to the classroom. At any given time there will typically be half a dozen instructors in the classroom, providing great depth and diverse perspectives during the discussions that come up during topic lectures. The chemistry that comes out of a class of ~ 30 engaged veterans is just magical. Several of the instructors have illustrious military career backgrounds, as well as significant industry experience, and are a key part of cooking-up that magic.
The 5-session course provides the following benefits:
Teaches the fundamentals of project management
Connects the dots between military experience and project management in civilian terms
Provides actual project planning experience through group exercises
Facilitates an engaging environment where camaraderie between veterans is built-up through team assignments and class discussions.
35 hour certificate of completion
Meeting for five full Saturdays in a row, the course includes a certificate of completion documenting 35 hours of project management training, which is one of the requirements to sit for the PMP exam.
Fall 2019 Class Starts October 5 and is Full
Spring Class Dates: February 8 - March 7, 2020
What makes our program different?
It's free, and only for Veterans
Our course is a concise five Saturday course focused on teaching project fundamentals in such a way that veterans can identify the project management activities they did in the military, and express that experience in the common language of the project management framework as codified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
Most alternative courses are focused specifically on preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, or are semester-long college courses. The Black Diamond Charities course fills a unique gap -- helping veterans understand more clearly what project management is, and connecting the dots to their military experience. Several instructors have extensive military backgrounds and can convey the value and scarcity of the unique leadership skills that are typically developed through military service. This helps build confidence in the veterans -- that project management could be a viable and attractive career path in their civilian life.
All our students are veterans, from every branch of the US Military
Students work in teams from day one and select the projects they are passionate about
All our instructors are certified project managers, and many of them are veterans
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Everyone is a volunteer - we all give back to our veterans
It's Team Focused
The team focus is another unique characteristic of our course:
The class is divided into teams of five or six students.
Each team is assigned an instructor to play the role of project sponsor / customer.
Each team works together to select and define a project, and develop the project plan.
Exercises are assigned and each team collaborates to complete these within the context of their selected project.
There are break-out sessions between class topic lectures, where the teams work on the exercises.
Some homework is required between class sessions (approximately 2 hours per week on average).
Everyone on the team presents their project plan on the final day, demonstrating the fundamentals they've learned throughout the course.
We'd love to see you in our next class. Apply now and reserve your seat for the session that suits you best. We'll contact you when you apply and answer any questions you may have.