Kent ISD Kent Innovation High ELA

ELA Students Become Project Managers

Something amazing is happening at Kent Innovation High this semester.

Volunteer project managers from all over west Michigan are coming into the classroom to share insights into their craft. In cooperation with the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI), Future Leaders in Project Management (FLiPM), and the Kent ISD Career Readiness Department, an English Language Arts class at Kent Innovation High School is learning how to think and write critically with a business mindset, all while earning a business certification.

Project management is a large field of practice that spans every business sector. With roots in the construction industry, project management, and its related certifications prepare a practitioner to:Kent ISD Kent Innovation High ELA

  • plan a project
  • manage stakeholders
  • manage budget
  • mitigate potential risks
  • manage time
  • define project scope
  • meet measurable business objectives

Utilizing an international standard defined by over 1.2 million practitioners, WMPMI seeks to enable its members and the business community to be efficient project managers.

Kent Innovation High is a project-based learning school. In between sessions with WMPMI, Ms. Elaine Shalla (the English language facilitator), is working with the students to develop their own projects.

This year the class has elected to plan a project using Earth Day as a theme.  The curriculum for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) will align to the Common Core State Standards for 12th grade English Language Arts. The curriculum will also allow students to refine their 21st-century skills they have developed from their experiences in project-based learning at Kent Innovation High School.

Kent ISD Kent Innovation High ELAAs if this wasn’t enough, the students will have the opportunity to take a certification exam at the end of the semester that will allow them to enter the workforce or gain employment as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

What a great head start on being career ready!

For more information about Kent Innovation High, CLICK HERE to visit their website.

This post was written by Ebiri Nkugba, STEM Consultant at Kent ISD and edited by Amanda Walma Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD.


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