UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley Awarded Prestigious Chapter Membership and Recognition from Key International Project Management Organization

Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:48pm EST

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CUPERTINO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley, (ucsc-extension.edu) a continuing professional
education division of the University of California, announces that it has been
awarded the rare distinction of full chapter membership and is now a certified
training partner of the American Academy of Project Management. 

As the only university in Northern California and one of only three institutions
in the state to have been granted this designation, the distinction further
validates the Project and Program Management (PPM) Certificate program at UCSC
in Silicon Valley as one of the finest in the country. "We do not offer chapter
recognition very often," said George Mentz, General Counsel and Director of New
Alliances for AAPM. "But after analysis, this program ranks among those of the
highest level, for several reasons - including proximity to Silicon Valley, and
the excellence of its instruction." 

The AAPM is an international graduate board offering the Master Project Manager
(MPM) and Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) certifications to
qualified applicants who meet rigorous requirements in education, training,
experience, industry knowledge and ethics. The credential recognizes those
project managers who both excel professionally and continue to expand their
knowledge base with advanced training. 

"I'm absolutely delighted to receive this new designation," said Michael Taylor,
Coordinator of the PPM program at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley. "This
confirms that what we're teaching to potential and actual project managers is
not only current, but directed toward practical application, and not high theory
content that they can't use." 

UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley is already certified with the Project
Management Institute's (PMI) highest designation, Global Registered Education
Provider (GREP). The graduate PPM Certificate at UCSC Extension in Silicon
Valley is a Bay Area exclusive offering, and is the region`s only PMI GREP that
offers an entire certificate curriculum via classroom, onsite, and online. The
PPM Certificate is also recognized for graduate-level credit toward Master`s
degrees in project management from leading national universities. 

"Because our PPM Certificate Program has been so successful providing practical
project management skills that can be immediately applied, many students are
asking for a higher level of instruction," said James Desrosier, Executive
Director of Business and Management Education at UCSC Extension in Silicon
Valley. "To meet this demand, an Advanced Applied Project Management Certificate
has been approved and it is targeted to launch this summer." 

About UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley:

Serving the South Bay for nearly three decades, UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley
is the continuing and professional education arm of the University of California
Santa Cruz. With 1400 courses in 43 disciplines and over 17,000 enrollments
annually, Cupertino-based UCSC Extension is the region`s largest provider of
advanced training for working professionals. 

More than 250,000 alumni have benefitted from cutting-edge programs at UCSC
Extension in Silicon Valley, with courses explicitly tailored to serving the
needs of local industry. Instruction is targeted at working adult professionals,
with 85 percent of the student population already holding Bachelor`s and
advanced degrees. Instructors are accomplished practitioners from name-brand
companies-skilled at teaching in a collegial, student-centric learning

Program content is graduate-level and application-oriented, providing knowledge
that can be immediately put to work on the job. Offerings include a combination
of degree credit, professional credit, credentialing and re-certification
programs in business and management, engineering and technology, applied natural
sciences, and education. For more information: ucsc-extension.edu. 

UCSC Extension
Barry Salberg, 408-861-3876

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