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Finding Success & Solutions: Satish Patel’s PMP Success Story

As a Capability Delivery Manager for Tennessee Valley Authority, Satish Patel focuses on delivering project management solutions for various units in his company. By becoming a PMP-certified leader, Satish uses what he learned throughout the certification process to find more effective and efficient solutions than ever before!  Marah: Why did you pursue the PMP certification?  Satish: Years ago, I created an individual development plan where I decided that pursuing PMP certification was one of my career goals. I knew that what I learned through certification would help

Building Career Confidence: Brian Clont’s PMP Success Story

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  Brian Clonts’ career is the epitome of working one’s way up the professional ladder. After beginning his career as a non-destructive technician, Brian became a senior technician, a superintendent, a project manager, and is now serving as the materials department manager in Terracon’s Chattanooga office. As a self-proclaimed “manager of project managers,” Brian uses what he learned in UTC’s PMP Exam Prep course to make sure his company’s project management processes flow smoothly.       Marah:

Instructor Spotlight: Bob Mahler, Project Management Fundamentals

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  Our Instructor Spotlight is on Bob Mahler, PMP, PMI-RMP, MBA. From Bob’s time in the U.S. Special Forces to working on projects for the federal government, he brings a large amount of experience and knowledge to UTC’s Project Fundamentals course. Bob stays busy not only teaching project management but also serving as the senior director of business development for Velociteach (and working as a kickbox instructor).      Marah: What professional experience do you have relating to the

PMP Exam Prep Course: Pre-Course Recommended Reading

If you’re enrolled in our PMP Exam Prep course, we recommended that you complete the pre-course reading. Doing so will help you gain familiarity with the content and have a foundational understanding of the material before the course starts! (Remember, these books are included with your course purchase; don’t worry about purchasing them yourself!) PMP Pre-Course Reading List Read at least the first 5 chapters of the PMBOK  In The PMP

13 Test Tips From PMP Pros: What You Need for Successful Studying

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It’s true–everyone has different study styles. However, while talking to former PMP Exam Prep Course students, I discovered many of them used the same study methods while preparing for their PMP exams. The methods had slight variations, but overall, there were several techniques students (who PASSED their PMP exams) incorporated into their study sessions. Our 13 best practices, shared by six successful PMP students, will help you study effectively

Student Success Story: Kayla Brown, PMP

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    While many people associate project management with industries like construction and information technology, it is actually used in almost every industry–including design. Former PMP Exam Prep student Kayla Brown uses her project management knowledge while serving as the project manager for Simple Focus, a design agency. I recently sat down with Kayla to hear about how she is implementing PMP practices to create smoother experiences for her

Student Success Story: Sandra Cordell, PMP

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  After earning an undergraduate degree in finance from UTC, Sandra Cordell had no idea that her career path would lead her back to a UTC classroom eight years later. While working as an administrative assistant in UTC’s Gary W. Rollins College of Business post-graduation, she coordinated a couple of small events. Upper management noticed her talent for planning and asked her if she would become the project and

Student Success Story: Shannon Bennett, PMP

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      As the senior program manager at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Shannon Bennett uses her PMP to better serve engineers and business professionals all throughout the company.     CPE: How did you begin your career in project management? Shannon: I had been in the field of engineering management for a long time (about 8 or 9 years) and was looking for a change. The project manager

What’s Next? 6 Tips for PMP Exam Day Success

You’ve finished the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp, and your head is probably swimming with formulas, processes, and ITTOs. You are so close to the finish line, and we want to help you get there!   Here are our 6 tips for a successful PMP exam day:  1). SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM  If you have not submitted your PMP application, you need to do so as soon as

Student Success Story: Tyler Yount, PMP

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  When Tyler Yount began his career, he had no idea that his path would lead him to become a project manager and earn the PMP certification. While working in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s office, a need arose for someone to lead initiatives and services that the administration wanted to deliver or adjust. Tyler is now officially the Director of Special Projects in the office and uses his PMP