PASCO, Wash.-- Columbia Basin College will start classes again next week and this year a new program is setting out to fill a void in jobs at Hanford.
CBC is excited to start their new project management program next Tuesday.
The push to start the program came from a Hanford assessment that many of their project managers are reaching retirement age.
A Department of Energy grant is making the program possibleThe grant will give five million dollars over the next five years to CBC and WSU Tri-Cities. A majority of the money will go to CBC to run their Project Management program. About a third of the funding will go to WSU Tri-Cities for Nuclear Engineering and Health and Safety certificates.
"When you're dealing with multi-millions of dollars in federal money with high demands for things like environmental clean-up, you've got to have skilled people in order to deliver the projects within scope and on budget, to live within our means as well as to meet the commitments," says Rodney Gadd, Project Management instructor.
CBC plans to offer short courses, one year certificate and two and four year degrees in Project Management.
Gadd told me the program is already very popular and they had to expand the class size for this fall. CBC is accepting student on an ongoing basis and also has scholarship funds available for these classes.
To learn more about the program visit the CBC Project Management website.