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Project Management Fundamentals certificate program at EAC

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Project Management Fundamentals certificate program at EAC

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College added a Project Management Fundamentals certificate program to its Business Division last year that is intended 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 online this January with BUA150, section #1009, Introduction to Project Management. In this eight-week course, students become well versed in the project life cycle.

Students then can continue with BUA151, section #7013, Scheduling and Cost Estimating. This course teaches various types of scheduling and estimating methods and the importance of incorporating these concepts. Days and hours are arranged with the professor.

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

Scheduling and Cost Estimating reviews 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 10, 2018.

Regular tuition and fees apply for these three-credit courses. Arizona residents age 55 and over qualify for a tuition waiver. For more information or to register, contact the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at