Seven UTSA students and alumni were selected to participate in Operation Career Launch, a joint partnership program between the UTSA College of Business and the Alamo Chapter of the Project Management Institute.
The recipients are Gerardo Flores, senior; Roy Guillen, senior; Matthew Hachman, senior; Jonathon Kulisz, senior; Jacey McCowan, junior; Eric Nunez, senior, and alumnus James Rogers, ’13.
Operation Career Launch benefits students interested in project management and fosters their professional development in the local community.
“Our chapter’s mission includes making the project management profession indispensable for business in the San Antonio area and other areas of South Texas,” said Andres Bello, MBA ’06, the director of outreach with the Alamo Chapter. “So with that mission in mind, we believe that Operation Career Launch can effectively promote the profession in our business community while opening opportunities for college graduates.”
Students will receive a one-year membership with the Project Management Institute, as well as with the local Alamo Chapter. The Alamo Chapter will also provide the students with a certified mentor and will pay the fee for students to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. The College of Business will provide students with test preparation materials, review sessions and diagnostic testing to help them prepare for the CAPM exam.
Business faculty member Kevin Grant believes Operation Career Launch illustrates UTSA’s commitment to connecting its students to opportunities for success. “It shows that indeed if you come here we will commit to helping you go far,” said Grant, an active member of the Alamo Chapter. Besides exam fees and test preparation, Grant stated that recipients of the program have access to “a vast network of project management professionals who can welcome them into the profession,” in addition to employment opportunities and professional development resources.
Bello hopes this program will expand students’ interest in project management. For the recipients, Operation Career Launch will improve their knowledge in the field and provide them with marketable skills to aid in their career development.
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