James Hawkins, Project Management Certificate, 2019

With over 25 years of experience in the construction inspection field and 15 years in project management, James Hawkins knows a thing or two about how to manage a project.

However, the experienced professional wants to signify his project management mastery by obtaining his Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. To prepare for that next step, he turned to Florida Tech’s 100% online Mastering PM Concepts: A PMBOK® Guide Study course.

 “I was looking for availability and affordability in obtaining my training for my PMP®. Florida Tech met both of my requirements and the online reviews were great. The Florida Tech project management course online fit my schedule and my timeline to get my PMP®.”

James was able to leverage tuition assistance and support from his employer, the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District, to accomplish his goal. His company has benefitted from his certificate, as it has helped him “perform at a higher level professionally and personally.”

Specifically, James has applied the tools and techniques from the course in an $8 million renovation project he’s currently working on. His deeper knowledge of the project management knowledge areas, including project cost management, project risk management and project procurement, has helped him keep the widescale project on schedule.

His advice to other students considering an online project management certificate?

“Do it at Florida Tech. The online course is so informational and affordable. The staff is very friendly and accommodating to your learning experience.”

In addition to the Florida Tech staff, James was supported by coworkers and family in his academic journey.

After taking the PMP® in January 2020, “the sky’s the limit” for James.

“I want to be the best project manager that I can be and also help small minority businesses with project management needs.”

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