Keeping up with advances in Information Technology (IT) can be like trying to hit a moving target. Fortunately, training programs through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) allow professionals to stay on pace with change.
Andy Yarolim, an advertising systems manager for TH Media and Woodward Community Media in Dubuque, recognized a need for more advanced IT project management at his organization and enrolled in an H1B-Skill Up Grant-funded course to sharpen his skills.
The course offered by NICC, IT Project Management Skill Up, arrived at a time when his company would benefit from work flow process improvements for projects of all kinds, large and small, according to Yarolim.
“One aspect that I have been putting in place for myself and hopefully with my organization are templates for project documents. Project documents, such as a Project Charter, Project Scope Statement, and Work Breakdown Structure, are ways to make sure that projects are clearly stated, contain the work that is required to be accomplished – and who is responsible for that work – what will not be included in the project, and the criteria to the successful completion of the project,” he explained.
For large companies, such as Yarolim’s, the implementation of new, advanced IT project management systems make a world of difference – projects can be completed more accurately, in a timely fashion and help to minimize error and cost. His position and range of responsibilities at TH Media and Woodward Community Media also demand a problem-solving mindset and an openness to learn new things.
“Information Technology is an ever-changing field. If one does not continue learning or advancing skill sets, there’s a good possibility that one would be left in the dust,” Yarolim expressed. “While it may be tough to take one’s self out of the daily grind of work activities and responsibilities, the benefits to you and your organization can be significant.”
If you or your employees would benefit from middle- to advanced-skills IT courses, consider NICC your training resource. www.nicc.edu/informationtech.