Editor’s Note: After publication of this article, the Career and Technical Education Guides were added to the PMIEF Learning Resources Library. They are available for download immediately.
PMIEF will soon release Project Management for Career &
Technical Education, a no-cost educational resource that offers project
management-rich curricula for secondary school career and technical education (CTE)
teachers. The curricula target teachers who would like to integrate project
management into their coursework and are comprised of three projects each for
business, finance and marketing classes. Designed to complement CTE instruction,
the curricula allow teachers to engage students in hands-on learning even as students
identify connections between school and real-world careers in business-related
Project Management for Career & Technical Education, which PMIEF developed in partnership with
MBAResearch & Curriculum Center
(MBAResearch), introduces students to
project management fundamentals such as how to develop a project charter,
define a scope statement, and create plans to ensure quality and risk
management. In addition, the curricula encourage students’ self- and peer
assessment as well as their reflection on lessons learned.
PMIEF piloted the curricula in
nearly 70 U.S. secondary school CTE classes during the 2015-16 school year
through a grant-funded initiative. In addition, the foundation commissioned an
external evaluation of the pilot, with particular attention paid to teachers’
and students’ perspectives on both the curricula and the value project
management adds to course instruction. Surveys and interviews with teachers
revealed the overwhelming majority believe project management will help
students better manage their time (98 percent), work collaboratively with
others (96 percent) and prepare for a future career (93 percent). Similarly,
the evaluation found most students who received project management instruction
through the curricula understand concepts such as maintaining a schedule,
closing a project, and reflecting on a project’s successes and challenges
(56-56 percent). In addition, they regularly apply their project management
training to other coursework and extracurricular activities.
PMIEF and MBAResearch refined Project Management for Career & Technical Education based on
evaluation data to better ensure teachers’ efforts to integrate project
management into secondary school curricula. This aligns with the foundation’s
sustained commitment to develop PM Knowledgeable Youth who are prepared for academic
and professional success.
Teachers may wish to use Project Management for Career &
Technical Education with other PMIEF learning resources for youth such as Project Management Toolkit for Teachers
and Project Management Toolkit for Youth.
For more information, please visit the PMIEF.org website at the end of November.
proudly launches new resources to support youth in developing project
management fundamentals while completing Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.