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New certificate program at EAC: Project Management Fundamentals

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New certificate program at EAC: Project Management Fundamentals

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College has recently added a new Project Management Fundamentals certificate program to its Business Division. The certificate is designed to prepare students to plan, schedule, supervise, and complete various projects within the field of business. This 15-credit certificate includes course work in business math, accounting, word processing, basics of project management, scheduling, and cost estimation.

Students can begin their training this January with BUA151, section #1245, Scheduling and Cost Estimating. The class is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:45 (or special arrangements can be made to work outside of this meeting time).

“This course is one of the five courses required for the certificate,” says EAC business instructor, Dana Barnett. “Project management skills are highly sought after by many organizations. Understanding the basics of project management can improve your job performance and employability skills.”

BUA151 will review the basics of what project management is. The majority of the course will be spent on decomposing work breakdown structures and work packages, developing a responsibility matrix, and understanding the different methods for estimating work durations and costs.

Students will also be exposed to Microsoft Project, a software program used to help manage projects. The course will end with best practices for monitoring and controlling projects for success.

For more information about the Project Management Fundamentals certificate program at Eastern, contact Barnett at (928) 428-8422. Many of the classes can be accomplished around existing work schedules or online. Spring classes begin January 6, 2016.

Regular tuition and fees apply for this three-credit course. Arizona residents age 55 and over qualify for a tuition waiver and many students will be able to add this class to their existing schedule at no extra cost. For more information or to register, contact the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at