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Project Management

Each of these workshops can be customized to the specific needs of your organization. These descriptions are meant as a base starting point in building a course that meets your desired end results.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: professional development workshop format (PDW)

     A minimum of 6 participants is required.  You will be notified at least five working days in advance if a workshop is canceled.

     All PDW sessions are held at the S C Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant next to the water tower.

CUSTOMIZED:  These workshops can be offered on-site, at your business or held at the Gateway campus nearest your business location.

     Don’t see a topic you need individually or in your work place?  We have the resources to develop many content areas using full-time and part-time Gateway      faculty.




This workshop provides practical, up-to-date project management techniques and tools to insure your success.  You will identify habits and behaviors that are wasting your time and are roadblocks to reaching your goals.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify a method for setting goals.
  • Establish priorities that will serve as your guide to choose where you need to spend your time.
  • Determine what is truly important so that you can let go of non-essential tasks, activities, interruptions, and commitments that restrict your results.
  • Focus your efforts where they will make the biggest difference in your results.


Understand the essential elements needed to define the project and ensure success.  

You will learn how:

  • Define Project Management.
  • Answer the critical questions
    -​ What are the objectives of the project?
    - What do you want to produce or deliver?
    - What is the business reason for doing this project?
  • Identify barriers, build strengths, understand the role of time management, and utilize team building.


Identifying stakeholders is critical to the success of a project and its lasting impact.  It is important to determine how to engage stakeholders and how they can contribute to the success of the project.

You will learn how to:

  • Define stakeholders; how to identify stakeholders and their roles.
  • Rules of engagement.
  • Ensuring accountability.
  • Tools for managing stakeholders throughout the process.


Estimating work and managing schedules is a project management core competency.  Optimize opportunities by focusing on tasks identification, work breakdown, resources, dependencies, schedules, milestones, and trade-offs.  Learn to weigh the value of each element against the final objective.

You will learn how to:

  • Define terms used in estimating work and managing schedules.
  • Focus on key elements of scheduling and planning.
  • Weigh the value and contribution of each step to the overall project.


Managing all of the details and meeting deadlines of a project will be a snap after completing this course on using the Microsoft software project tools.

 You will learn how to:

  • Use graphic tools like PERT networks.
  • Work on GANTT and manpower allocation charts.
  • Discover how to alleviate problems before they occur.
  • Control and track progress toward goals.
  • Develop measureable project outcomes.


When starting up a new project there is a lot of opportunity to change or improve current systems.  Greater investment in pre-planning the project leads to increased profitability, greater likelihood of on time project outcomes, and improved rate of success.

You will learn how to:

  • Define the pre-planning stage.
  • Discuss steps to pre-planning and alignment to key objectives.
  • Eliminate barriers before they become obstacles to success.
  • Tools to assist in pre-planning phase.


Many project leaders will plan, utilize tools to assess opportunities, coordinate activities, and measure outcomes in an effort to solve problems.  But an effective project leader develops a vision first and devises strategies on how to achieve that vision. 

You will learn how to:

  • Define leadership and how it differs from just being a manager.
  • The importance of visioning and tapping the strengths of the organization.
  • Engage other leaders; their role in your project.
  • Tools for assessing vision in the planning process.