C3 training prepares Soldiers for civilian employment

Soldier For Life

The Anne Arundel County Military Corps Career Connect is hosting its second project-management professional training course as part of its partnership with Fort Meade’s Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program.

The course begins Tuesday and ends Oct. 19. The initiative’s mission is to assist all transitioning service members, select veterans, family members and veterans who haven’t separated more than 48 months.

This will be the first C3 PMP cohort working in partnership with Leidos. The training directly links transitioning service members with experienced employees of Leidos and volunteers from its Project Management Institute.

Leidos is a U.S. defense company that provides scientific, engineering systems integration and technical services, and has teamed with C3 to enhance delivery of skill certifications and transitioning services.

“[C3] PMP is a globally recognized certification that can directly enhance the credentials of transitioning service members and veterans in their employment pursuits,” said George Matthews, Fort Meade SFL-TAP manager.

At the introductory seminar held Sept. 18, representatives of C3, SFL-TAP, Leidos and a few other agencies met at McGill Training Center to brief 37 Soldiers.

During the seminar, more than 10 Leidos PMP professionals and Baltimore PMI members assisted the PMP participants.

After the briefing, 25 Soldiers were selected by the C3 team to attend a hands-on PMI application seminar hosted by Leidos.

“By linking with a partner like Leidos, C3 encourages participants by giving them direct access to an experienced project manager for the training process and exam prep,” said Denise Bourdeaux, veteran navigator at the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation.

“The C3 veteran navigator serves as boots on the ground throughout the training process,” she said. “C3’s goal is employment, and the veteran navigator works with participants every step of the way to help the transition.”

After the seminar, C3 participants are expected to attend 35 hours of classroom training and take the project management exam within 30 days .

The training will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at Inovious Technologies located at 6851 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 200, in Columbia.

“C3 anticipates to meet or exceed the typical pass rate,” Bourdeaux said.

The passing rate is 94 percent.

The training is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: Application session with PMP professionals from Leidos and local PMI chapters
  • Phase II: 35 hours of classroom training

Each participant will receive PMP exam prep courseware, a guide, practice questions, two sample exams and training aids.

  • Phase III: Certification exam

The first PMP cohort included 22 participants — 21 who are transitioning service members and one spouse of an active-duty service member.

“Based on the initial interest and enthusiasm I witnessed, I am certain C3 will see continued demand for PMP certification, and several more PMP certification preparation sessions will be offered,” Matthews said.

The next training session will be held in the first quarter calendar of next year.

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