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  • A Second Start, via Project Management

    A few years ago, Errol Flagor found himself in a situation all too familiar over the last decade. When he was laid off after 27 years of working for a municipality, he had the experience and skills but not the up-to-date training to compete in today’s job market. Flagor took this as an opportunity to “stop, look around, and think about what [he] wanted to do for the next 15 years.” He began looking into Project Management programs, with the hope of “reestablishing [himself] in the corporate world in a way that would benefit society,”

    For Flagor, the course content and learning environment –in which he could truly interact with other students –were of utmost importance. After looking at programs for 18 months, Flagor enrolled at Bellevue College in March, 2013. “Using Bellevue College’s PM program was a great opportunity for me to re-focus.” While working part-time in commercial improvement, he made the weekly commute from Seattle to participate in the PM program.

    With classes of no more than 25 students, he found the intimate and invigorating learning environment he was seeking. Alongside fellow students, he was able to create a marketing plan for the Boys and Girls Club. This 100-hour capstone project availed him the opportunity to apply the tenets of Project Management for a real client. Whether active in IT, medical, non-profit, or lab settings, Flagor found that program management is a career that transcends industries.

    Since graduating this spring, the skills Flagor gleaned from Project Management have been a way of life. Last summer, he led a 54-day expedition to the Artic. This spring, he obtained a permit to flute a river in Montana. “You can use it in everyday life, whether or not you’re leading expeditions to the Arctic or building your own home. It’s really versatile.”

     

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