Calbright Launches Project Management Program

Partners with Work-based Learning Platform Riipen to Connect Students to Real-world Experiences

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 19, 2024 – Today, Calbright College launched its new Project Management program and is now enrolling an initial cohort of students. This skills-based program will serve as an entry point into project management-based careers, which have an expected job growth rate of 10.5% over the next decade and can span multiple industries. Learners will master the skills needed to drive a project from start to finish, including leading planning meetings, collaborating with stakeholders, and creating detailed project reports. 

“We’re thrilled to launch Calbright’s new Project Management program to prepare adult learners with the durable skills to effectively manage and execute projects from inception to completion,” said Dr. Katrieva Jones Munroe, Dean of Learning Innovation at Calbright. “This program focuses on critical topics like meeting management, organizational culture, project documentation, and more that can translate across many industries to improve a company’s workflow. Given the demand for project management skills in today’s workforce, Calbright is proud to partner with Riipen, a work-based learning platform, to bring these skills to life by connecting learners with real-world companies in need of project managers.” 

The Project Management Institute estimates that by 2027, employers will need 87.7 million people to fill project management-related roles. As part of the Riipen partnership, Calbright learners will gain valuable and relevant experience working directly with businesses on a variety of projects, while also building a virtual Riipen portfolio of finished project reports, which will be available to Riipen’s employer network of over 33,000 businesses. 

“We are excited to partner with Calbright College in our shared mission to bridge the gap between education and industry. This partnership will provide Calbright’s learners with the practical experience, skills, and knowledge they need to excel in today’s competitive job market,” said Dana Stephenson, founder and CEO of Riipen. “We look forward to a fruitful partnership and its positive impact on Calbright’s learners’ lives.”

Program completers will be equipped with a solid foundation in project management principles, methodologies, and documentation – skills that align with entry-level jobs like project manager, event planner, and implementation manager. Following completion of the course, learners will receive a Calbright certificate of completion, a digital badge in durable skills in metacognition, and free access to the Google Coursera Project Management course.

Calbright’s student body recently surpassed 4,000 and the College continues to grow to meet the needs of adult learners across California, building programs based on industry analysis of in-demand skills for today’s labor market. The College plans to expand its education offerings in the coming months with more skills-based programs.

About Riipen:

Riipen is the world’s leading online work-based learning platform and ecosystem with a mission to end underemployment and close the skills gap. Riipen partners with governments, colleges, universities, and educators to provide inclusive access to high-quality, high-impact work-integrated learning that provides learners with experience and industry connections, as well as career clarity to find meaningful careers. Riipen has successfully and proudly implemented 13.3 million hours of learning hours for over 217,000 learners with more than 35,000 employers and 640+ academic partnerships, portals, and training providers in 9 countries, in both English and French.

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