Board Approves New Program Launch For Next Fall

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St. Clair will launch a new program next fall, which it expects will be wildly popular with prospective international students, judging by the substantial enrolment that it is projected to attract. 

During its November 23rd meeting, the college’s Board of Governors approved the introduction of a two-year, graduate-certificate program in the School of Engineering Technologies, Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades, called “Strategic Project Management”. 

The background material presented to the Board explained: 

Today’s organizations require competent individuals who can lead, manage and ensure projects of all types are completed on time and within projected budgets to ensure strategic viability. Effective project management involves administering all project phases of initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, through to close. Students will learn how to use various project management tools, methodologies and technologies through these phases on various project initiatives. 

Students will enhance their Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide) and theoretical knowledge through practical learning experiences in consultation with a local community partner. Learners will gain hands-on experience using industry utilized simulations and project management technology (Microsoft Project). The curriculum will come alive with the additional use of business scenarios, guest lectures and overviews of cutting-edge methodologies and processes. Domestic and international students will benefit from this vibrant curriculum in a highly desired field, applicable to all industries. 

This two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate develops leadership, strategic/business management and technical competence through a curriculum that has been designed in alignment with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) highly desired knowledge areas. These include project integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communications, risk management, procurement, LEAN methodologies, leadership, contracts, tools and technology and stakeholder engagement. As a result, students will acquire three industry-desired skillsets linked to the PMI talent triangle: technical project management, leadership, and strategic business management. 

The report also stated that job opportunities in this field are plentiful. (During one week in February, over 300 job openings in this field were available in Ontario, and over 1,500 Canada-wide.) Under a variety of titles, “project managers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities, conduct analyses of administrative operations, and coordinate acquisition of administrative services such as office space, supplies and security services”. 

Closest to St. Clair, only Fanshawe and Mohawk Colleges are offering similar training, and both of those are one-year-long programs. 

Believing that this program will be extremely popular, the college is projecting a first-year enrolment in 2022-23 of 190 students. Subsequently, an estimated 370 students – almost all of them international – will be present in the two years of the program. 

Over the span of its first eight years, it is expected to generate a “profit” for the college of approximately $2.9 million – almost all of that arising from international tuition revenue. 

LINKS TO MORE STORIES FROM THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ MEETING

• President Patti France’s monthly report: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/board-hears-about-presidents-busy-month

• 2021-22 budget’s bottom-line is revised: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/college-revises-its-budget-projections-mid-year

• Programs with some iffy enrolment being monitored: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/enrolment-dips-discussed-board

• New credit-transfer opportunities: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/new-additions-go-there-here-list

• Bolstered effort to retain enrolment: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/keeping-existing-students-important-getting-new-ones

• Sister school could deliver St. Clair programs in B.C.: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/scc-may-get-bc-thanks-aaa

• St. Clair’s regional economic impact: https://news.stclair-src.org/need-know-news/st-clairs-impact-updated-report