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Earn an in-demand and recognized PMP® or CAPM® Credential

What does a project manager do?

A project manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of projects while ensuring these projects are completed on time, on budget and within scope. A successful project manager should have the following skills: 

  1. Be an effective communicator
  2. Be a great negotiator
  3. Be a strong leader
  4. Be able to get things done

Here are 3 reasons why you need a project management certification and how you can get one:

By 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in a project management oriented role (source: PMI (2017). Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027).  The use of project management strategies is becoming more popular and is expanding across the following industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing and Construction
  • Information Services and Publishing
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Management and Professional Services
  • Utilities
  • Oil and Gas

1. It opens the door to more job opportunities in project management

Project Management is a booming industry. By 2020, there’s anticipated to be 6.2 million jobs for certified project managers, which is about a 12% increase from today’s market (source:

2. You’re able to increase your salary by more than 20%

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), project managers with a Project Management Certification (PMP) earn approximately 22% more annually than project managers without a PMP certification. This percentage increases with experience.

3. You can distinguish yourself as a specialist

Project Management is an extremely diverse field. Spreading across several industries, project managers can be utilized on nearly any part of a business’s team. Given the variety of job and career opportunities in project management, there is a variety of certifications available to demonstrate your specialized project management knowledge.

How do I earn a certification?

In order to sit for one of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification exams, you must meet certain minimum criteria. A key criteria requirement is to meet a minimum amount of hours of project management education. One of the best ways to receive this education is by attending a certification exam prep class in your area.

St. Petersburg College’s Workforce Institute offers online and face-to-face courses that are designed to fit your learning style. In addition, the courses satisfy the Project Management Institute’s® educational hour requirement to sit for either the CAPM® or the PMP® Certification Exam(s).

Course Objectives
• Help students to gain a better understanding of the world of project management
• Prepare students to pass The Project Management Institute’s® PMP® or CAPM® Certification Exam(s)
• Cover all aspects of the Project Management Institute’s The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition that needs to be mastered to pass both exams.

Who Should Attend
• New and current project managers who wish to be introduced to the methodology and effective practice of project management
• Experienced project managers looking to obtain their PMP® Certification
• Individuals seeking to begin a career in project management by earning their CAPM® Certifications
• Military veterans looking to transition into the workforce

For the dates of our upcoming PMP Certification Exam Prep Class and CAPM Certification Exam Prep Class, please click here.

Interested in learning more, please contact us at or (727) 341-4445.

Is CCMA a Career for You?

CCMA students

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) is a growing career field. CCMAs are the most in-demand position now in the healthcare field next to nursing. This is because there are 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day until 2026. With short-term training, employment is close at hand. For the first time, SPC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony included SPC’s Workforce Institute’s non-degree students. These students successfully completed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program (CCMA).

CCMA students at Spring 2019 Commencement
Graduates of the CCMA training at SPC.

The 64 CCMA graduates range from 18-60 years, and include students who have earned high school diplomas, associate, and bachelor degrees. Some graduates are entering the workforce for the first time. Others are returning to school for retraining. Still others are preparing for a career as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. After landing a position, usually with their externship site, many go on and branch out into other specialties in healthcare or enter programs for nursing or other healthcare related degrees.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for medical assistants in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Outpatient care centers $35,600
Hospitals; state, local, and private $34,980
Offices of physicians $33,650
Offices of chiropractors $29,960

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings, weekends, or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

What does a CCMA do?

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties. They assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, and urgent care centers. CCMAs may work in general medicine or specialty practices.

Common duties of a medical assistant include:

  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Answering phone calls and questions
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
  • Taking patient vital signs

Benefits to obtaining a Clinical Medical Assistant Certification may include: 

  • More job opportunities
  • An increased pay scale
  • Job security
  • Increased subject matter expertise

CCMAs are a vital part of clinical patient care, and are in great demand in the workforce. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Interested in SPC’s Workforce Institute’s Certificate Program?

The next CCMA course is scheduled to begin on August 6. For specific information, learn more from the CCMA class information page.

This class consists of:

  • Hands on training: This blended program includes online, live lab and clinical experience.
  • 300 Total Hours: 140 hours online, 80 classroom and 80 hour externship.

Once this training is successfully completed, you are ready to sit for the National HealthCareer Association Medical Assistant Certification. Many employers are requiring this certification for employment. 

For more information about the CCMA program, please contact Shaeleigh Reesher. For more information on all SPC Workforce programs, please contact Belinthia Berry

Thank you to Karen Rupp, SPC’s Workforce Institute, for your contribution of this article.

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Soft Skills and Multigenerational Workforce

Two people exchanging business cards; soft skills

As Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, once said “change is the only constant in life”. Technology changes, the way we work changes and who we work with changes. For the first time in history, we have four generations working side-by-side in the workplace. While each generation is unique, there is one thing that that is important to individual and organization success — soft skills. It is the bedrock upon which professional success is built and they are the skills that every generation values.


The Collins English Dictionary defines the term “soft skills” as “desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude.” It includes diversity and collaboration, inter-personal communication, adaptive thinking, professionalism, and leadership. All attributes that help make a work environment or interaction with another person easier to manage.

Why Are Soft Skills Important? 

Research from a  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)/ Mercer Survey found that employers commonly look for more “soft skills” than they do technical skills like mathematics (computation). A few examples of top “soft skills” needed for workplace success include but are not limited to the following:

Resilience and Adaptability

Staying positive and having a winning mindset are all ways to promote success! Companies need employees that are willing to grow, change and learn. Self- awareness is key.


Good communications skills help you get hired but it also helps you succeed- personally and professionally.  In the digital age, individuals must develop their inter-personal skills by communicating verbally, in writing and even using various social media platforms.

Collaboration and Diversity

Collaboration in the workplace is an effective way to bring individuals together so that they can share their expertise, perspective, and ideas to help companies maximize its potential.


Professionalism is often defined by the industry that you work in. However, there are universal professional qualities that not only help you get hired but can help you keep your job.

  • Being dependable
  • Having a strong work ethic
  • Showing attention to detail


A great leader has many of the soft skills that are described in this blog. However, it is important that they continuously take inventory of their skill sets. Knowing your personal brand, boundaries and demonstrating that you care make it easier to work with others and for others to work with you.

Can “Soft Skills” be Taught?

The good news is that these soft skills can be taught!  St. Petersburg College 5G™  Power Skills Certification is a dynamic program designed to address the unprecedented complexity of today’s 5-Generational workforce (e.g. age, talent/skills, culture, attitude, behavior, etc.) while incorporating soft skills training which is vital to workforce success.

The workshops addresses the top 25 interpersonal skills needed to foster collaboration and productivity to build a dynamic multigenerational workforce. 5G Gives you the competitive advantage with certification in the sought after power skills required for a lifetime of achievement.

Check out all 25 competencies here.

For additional information, please contact Sondra Seiter at or 727-791-5978.

To  register, please visit:

SPC Workforce Institute Instructor Job Fair: Join Our Team

Workforce Institute Instructor Job Fair

Mark your calendar for the St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute Instructor Job Fair in September.

Instructor Job Fair details

Workforce Institute Instructor Job Fair flierDo you have experience and passion for your profession? Do you want to inspire and motivate students? If you answered yes, then please join us on:

The Workforce Institute provides short-term professional development and certification training to address the skills gap in today’s changing environment.

As we grow, we are always looking for talented professionals with the right credentials to join our #WorkforceSPC team.

Interested in teaching?

Applications for adjunct instructors are accepted on continuous basis for the following non-credit industry training areas:

  • Business and Finance
  • Healthcare
  • IT Certifications
  • Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Innovative Technologies
  • Languages

For additional information, please fill out a quick info request or contact Belinthia Berry at 727-341-4279.

Workforce Institute at SPC

For goal-oriented individuals and businesses committed to accelerated professional growth, the Workforce Institute offers training, continuing education, industry certifications, licensures and career pathways. Our industry experts teach you the skills that local employers are looking for so you can get it done and get ahead.

Learn more about short-term certification classes offered by the Workforce Institute at #SPCollege.