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Congratulations to Alex Buchmann, Molly Gresenz, Patrick Nalepa, Dominic Restuccia, Lydia Reyes, and Molly Scott of Hillsdale College’s Team Truth for winning THE Project 2016 – the Western Michigan Project Management Institute’s 5th annual collegiate project management competition on April 11, 2016 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.



  Thank you to all of the students and champions from all the
participating colleges and universities who competed this year!


WMPMI would like to thank its chapter sponsor, Spectrum Health!
Their financial and volunteer contributions to WMPMI are significant.




 WMPMI would also like to thank its silver, bronze, nickel, and copper sponsors.  Without them, THE Project and other WMPMI events would not be possible.



Based Project Management Class underway at Kent ISD Kent Innovation High School

Something amazing is happening at Kent Innovation High this semester. In cooperation with the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI), Future Leaders in Project Management (FLiPM) and the Kent ISD Career Readiness Department, the ELA 12 class at Kent Innovation High School is learning how to think and write critically with a business mindset.

Volunteer project managers from all over west Michigan are coming into the classroom to share insights into their craft. Kent Innovation High is a project-based learning school, so in between sessions with the PMI folks, the English language facilitator, Ms. Elaine Shalla, is working with the students to develop their own projects. The class has elected to plan a project using Earth Day as a theme. The curriculum for the CAPM will align to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts 12. The curriculum will also allow students to refine their 21st century skills they have developed from their experiences in Project-based learning at Kent Innovation High School. As if this wasn’t enough, the students will have the opportunity to sit for a certification exam at the end of the semester that will allow them to enter the workforce or gain employment as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). What a jump on being career ready!

Project management is a large field of practice that spans every business sector. With roots in in the construction industry, project management and its related certifications prepare a practitioner to plan a project, manage stakeholders, manage budget, mitigate potential risks, manage time, define project scope, and meet business objectives in measurable way. Utilizing an international standard defined by over 1.2 million practitioners, PMI seeks to enable its members and the business community to be efficient project managers.

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Spectrum Health named as the Top Sponsor for Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (WMPMI)

Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute is announcing that Spectrum Health, a nationally recognized healthcare provider headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be the top sponsor for the chapter and chapter events through December 31, 2016.  As a significant partner and sponsor in past years, Spectrum has increased their commitment to and support of Project Management as a profession, benefitting project management professionals throughout the Western Michigan community.  Mark Mochel, the Vice-President of Marketing for the chapter stated “This is an outstanding opportunity for us to continue our partnership with Spectrum Health.  This level of support will assist WMPMI to continue providing educational dinner meetings over the next 18 months, and to host a Professional Development Day and THEProject Collegiate Project Management Competition again in 2016.  We are grateful for their support.”

Started as a concept in 2010, THEProject project management competition has grown in 2015 to include 15 teams representing 11 Schools, and is a key component of WMPMI involvement in the western Michigan community.  As the Chapter sponsor, Spectrum Health will be significantly involved in shaping the project management topic for the competition coming again in 2016.  At the 2015 event, Brian Krajewski, Director Enterprise Portfolio Management at Spectrum Health said  “I look at what West Michigan PMI has done in building this project competition…it’s fantastic.  It teaches all of the soft skills that we need.  We can look at project management from a technical aspect, and there are many things we can teach, but what THEProject does is to bring all of those soft skill items to bear.  We believe that all of our future leaders need to understand how to manage one-time events and how to manage projects.  These skills need to be a core capability of all of our leaders.”

WMPMI would like to formally recognize and thank Spectrum Health, and all of the companies that sponsor and support the chapter.  Partnership with the local business community is key to the chapter success.  “We want to increase awareness of project management, and support seasoned, new and future project management professionals in Western Michigan.  We want to build and retain talent in the area in support of western Michigan companies and our local communities,” said Lori Bailey, Chapter President.  She continued, “We believe this aligns very well with the vision for project management at Spectrum Health.”


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit system of care dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals. With corporate offices located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a footprint that covers the entire state, Spectrum Health provides high quality, high value care to millions of individuals. The organization includes a medical center, regional community hospitals, a dedicated children’s hospital, a multispecialty medical group, affiliated physicians and a nationally recognized health plan, Priority Health.

Spectrum Health provides inpatient and outpatient services at a variety of locations throughout Michigan. Our medical center is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, putting patients and visitors within walking distance of specialized treatment facilities. We see patients at our community hospitals in Big Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Fremont, Greenville, Lakeview, Ludington, Reed City, and Zeeland. We also are West Michigan's largest provider of post-acute care, including skilled nursing, long-term acute, home and residential care. 

Today, Spectrum Health's array of services is unparalleled in the region—from insurance and wellness products to skilled physician specialists to state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge medical treatments. Together, our hospitals, physicians and health plan deliver excellent health care value to West Michigan and beyond.  To learn more, visit