Outreach Opportunities

    Deer Park High Project Management Academy - Information Page

    PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter needs Professional Project Managers who are seeking to contribute to "up & coming" academic communities as a Volunteer Subject Matter Expert for the Project Management Academy. Volunteers will help Students explore the ways a professional project manager earns his or her keep by sharing stories from real life careers.

    No requirements to create anything, no certifications required - only bring your invested professional experience in project management & your time to help PM Academy students! 

    Click Here to Volunteer for Deer Park High School Career Academies! 

    How long does it take?
    Volunteers only need to commit a minimum of 1 hour to add great value. We are accepting volunteers for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you cannot attend onsite or remotely during the available time slots, we'd still be more than happy to have you contribute in other ways by emailing outreach@pmiswohio.org

    • 5-10 minutes preparatory review online - of provided materials before scheduled sessions to fuel a good story. 
    • Arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled sessions - to setup with the Instructor, onsite or remotely. 
    • Participate when guided by Instructor during scheduled sessions – at least 50 minutes per session.
    • Possibly answer questions after the session


    Participate multiple times a week, month, or year across an entire academic calendar year.

    Participate multiple times a day, week, or year across an entire academic calendar year, where Volunteers may choose to contribute as much as 4 hours per day covering all 4 sessions each day.

    What do I need to do?
    Volunteers will simply be themselves and have stories in mind to share with the topics the Instructor is presenting.

    • No requirements to create anything, no certifications required - only bring your invested professional experience in project management & your time to help PM Academy is students! 
    • The Instructor distributes & presents all content, and then looks to Volunteers to help answer questions about real-world use of the concepts by rotating through Student Cohorts. 
    • Volunteers prepare a story or two from their experience to enhance & relate to PMI best practices, with topics & materials in advance on a shared website for electronic review.

      Materials were already created during the Academy Curriculum Creation Workshops held in 2015. Curriculum includes 7 Units plus exams and capstone presentation for each 18-week semester, with 2 semesters per academic year.

    Click here to Volunteer for Deer Park High School's Career Academies!

    Where do I need to go & when?
    The Academy offers weekly unique Volunteer Service opportunities either in-person or attending remotely.

    • Onsite Live Volunteer - Deer Park High School in the Career Academies Building at 8351 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236.
    • Virtual Live Volunteer - using Google Hangouts with Deer Park High School technology.
    • Scheduled classes occur each weekday – 9:48a, 12:37p, 1:26p, 2:15p. Student Cohorts are spread consistently across the scheduled classes per day consecutively - Student Cohorts are spread consistently across the scheduled classes per day consecutively, in PM 101 and PM 201 courses.

    Can I Earn PDUs?
    If you are required to achieve standards as part of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program, this opportunity is part of the “Giving Back to the Profession” category. Credential-holders may earn PDUs by providing volunteer, non-compensated project management services to a non-employer or non-client group. Project Management Academy allows volunteers to provide mentoring and coaching through this program that is relevant to project management, meeting the specified purpose per Topic in each of 7 Units, while using knowledgeable resources. PMP credential holders may manually self-submit to PMI one (1) PDU for each hour of this non-compensated service.

    What is Deer Park Career Academies?
    Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School added Deer Park Career Academies to the electives available to its students in 7th through 12th grades, enhancing the real world career experience in an exploratory setting. After successful completion in its initial 2015/16 academic year, Deer Park intends to continue “Project Management Academy” as its third academy offering. This was created in partnership with the PMI Educational Foundation, PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter, and curriculum architect Doug Arthur of Transform Consulting.

    Partners involved in the program are piloting opportunities for Senior High School Students to advance to the next course levels in progressively applying their 101 course level work into enhanced, real-life project management application via joint projects with other areas of the DPHS Career Academies offerings in subsequent semesters.

    This 18-week course will introduce high school students to the principles of project management and give them the experience of applying these principles to both their ultimate career aspirations and the everyday “project management challenges” of every high school student. The course will survey the PMBOK and touch all key domains, from scope, time, and cost to risk, integration, and stakeholder management. Teams will spend the semester working on a capstone community service project that they will pitch to a panel of PMI SMEs at the end of the course, simulating an attempt to “win the contract” to do the work.

    Partners involved in the program will begin exploring opportunities to offer Senior High School Students the next course to progressively apply their 101 course level work into enhanced, real-life project management application via joint projects with other areas of the DPHS Career Academies offerings in subsequent semesters.

    Click here to Volunteer for Deer Park High School Career Academies!