Future Leaders in Project Management, Inc. was formed to instill confidence into our youth by creating a program to build project management skills starting in the 8th grade and carrying them through their senior year in high school.
Jennifer Romero-Greene, MS, PMP
I am very proud to be able to serve this board. Together through collaborative partnerships, we have the ability to teach new skills which provide better career opportunities to our youth and our community. Equipping people with tools they will use throughout their lives to achieve greater things than I ever imagined.
Kathy Czerwonka, CPA
Kathy is a Senior Consultant at Impact Makers and joined the board after participating in several Project Extravaganzas at Deep Run High School. She has helped in the selection of the “Making an Impact” scholarship winner from the event, and helped critique student presentations as part of the professional evaluation panel.
Michelle Banton, PMP, ITIL
Michelle joined the board in 2015. She volunteers her time at the local schools and through community outreach. She has attended every Project Extravaganzas and helps secure other volunteers.
Robert Kois, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Bob is the inspiration for the program. He runs a similar program in Denver for disadvantaged youths. His heart is large and extends himself to help not only in the United States, but also participates in Projects without Boarders in other countries.
Joe Greene, PMP
Director of Operations, Virginia
Every organization needs someone who helps with everything and Joe is that person! Joe helps with Project Extravaganzas, study sessions, developing and updating material, researching grant opportunities, and keeping things running smoothly. His desire to help students achieve their goals emanates in everything he does to help FLiPM succeed.
Holly Hilts, MBA, PMP, ITIL
Director, New York
Holly is an original board member and has helped provide vision and guidance. Her passion and leadership experience are greatly appreciated!
Thom Pakurar, PMP, CSP, CSM, SA
Thom joined to FLiPM Board after helping with the Peter Paul Development Project. He brings to us his experience volunteering with other organizations such as the Boy Scouts, as well as speaking to high school classes about the importance of project management certification in the work place.
Neil Halpert, CPA, PMP, CSM
Neil participates in Project Extravaganzas, and his own daughter graduated from the program at the Center for Information Technologies at Deep Run High School. He brings with him an enthusiasm for project management, a great financial background and oversight, and a desire to help improve lives through project management.
By learning from the latest edition of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), students learn the globally recognized language for doing projects in over 140 different countries.
Students learn to gather information needed for project sponsors to make critical decisions regarding how to keep a project on track, on time, and on budget.
Tools and Techniques
Students equip their project management tool kits with tools and techniques that are used in over 100 industries to achieve project objectives.
Communication is critical in project management. Ninety percent of a project manager’s job is communicating. Students learn to present the current status of a project and forecast the estimated completion time if the project maintains its current course.
Upon completing the last Project Management Course in the 12th grade, students who achieve their high school diploma will be eligible to sit for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®’s) Certified Associate’s in Project Management (CAPM®) test, thus preparing the students to turn their passions in over 100 different industries into marketable career options straight out of school.
Students will be mentored by Project Management Professionals (PMP®s) currently in the local workforce and taught from the Virginia Career and Technical Education’s Verso competency codes to fit into Virginia’s public education.
Businesses need a skilled local workforce. Graduating high school seniors need job opportunities and skills to qualify for those jobs. The United States needs a thriving economy and a lower unemployment rate.
FLiPM®’s curriculum has the potential to meet these needs. Operating as the hub of the collective groups involved, FLiPM® organizes resources and communications to ensure that local high school students are empowered with the ‘soft skills’ they need to succeed in any industry as well as preparing them up to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exam after graduating. This is truly a ‘win win’ situation for everyone involved.
Why Project Management?
20% of gross global product ─ $12 trillion per year ─ is spent on fixed capital projects worldwide; trillions more in projects for IT, new product and service development, entertainment – Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The job market for Project Managers is thriving. Starting salaries for people who are Certified Associate Project Managers are between $40,000-$50,000 a year. Additionally, the soft-skills involved in project management (leadership, time management, risk assessment) are essential life skills that translate into any profession.
Future Leaders in Project Management (FLiPM®) is not an organization of walls, telephone systems, and file structures; it is a collaborative partnership of educators, professionals, business owners, and parents who know that for our children to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace they need hard and soft life skills incorporated into their daily educational experience. These life skills will help our students meet their personal and professional challenges. FLiPM’s job is to bring these like-minded individuals from a diverse background of occupations, educational levels, and social statuses together
for a common goal: Success for our graduating children.
The worldwide leader in Project Management is the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and FLiPM® working with registered education providers will bring internationally accepted Project Management Best Practices to Career and Technical Education courses thus increasing the rigor and relevance to their existing workplace readiness skills. Students graduating from the Senior Capstone course will meet PMI’s eligibility requirements to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), thus opening a career field in hundreds of industries needing project management skill sets.