Continuing Education and Customized Training


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–Julie Droegemueller, Caribou Coffee


"MCTC is a great way for adults to learn important applications in a small classroom setting. Classes are limited to 12 students and the curriculum is designed so students can go back over step-by-step exercises as many times as they would like."

–Deb Lehr, MCTC Continuing Education Microsoft Applications Instructor

Project Management

This two-day course will provide participants an opportunity to learn and apply basic project management tools as well as the interpersonal side of project management. The course is hands-on, with participants working on projects from their own work environment. The four phases of project management are covered:  The Definition Phase, the Detailed Planning Phase, the Working Phase and the Completion Phase. The participants’ materials are designed to be a reference guide as well as a workbook for participants to use back on the job.

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Course Outline:

  • Phase 1: project/problem definition
    • Understanding the problem or opportunity
    • Determining if a project team is needed
    • Identifying skills/roles required
    • Identifying key stakeholders
    • Writing the statement of work
  • Phase 2: detailed planning
    • Planning & conducting the kickoff meeting
    • Work breakdown structure
    • Time estimating 
    • Cost estimating
    • Requirements
    • Schedules (Gantt, Milestone and Network Diagram)
    • Critical path analysis
    • Roles/responsibilities matrix
    • Change of scope
    • Risk analysis
  • Phase 3: working
    • Monitoring and controlling the schedule
    • Monitoring and controlling the budget
    • Monitoring and controlling quality
    • Communicating status
    • Managing changes to project
    • Conducting team meetings
  • Phase 4: completion
    • Completing project documentation
    • Evaluating project management effectiveness
    • Soliciting feedback from customer/sponsor
    • Evaluating team members’ performance
    • Documenting lessons learned

All of the subjects in the outline can be emphasized or minimized based on the participants’ needs.

Instructor: Mary Slack is a management consultant in human resource and organization development. She specializes in the areas of project management, management development, quality improvement, leadership development and interpersonal skills. Mary has over 15 years of corporate experience in training, administration, course development and project management and holds a number of certifications including PMP.  Mary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota, Hamline University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College and St. Mary’s University. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from Ottawa University. She has completed her coursework for a doctorate in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas.

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