"Good things come in threes," people say, and Procept is pleased to announce its third expansion to its university partnerships in the past month. The result of an almost year-long effort, Procept has signed an agreement with Laurentian University to provide its project management courses to the Sudbury, Ontario marketplace.

"For years, Procept has been serving corporate and government clients in Sudbury with private in-house courses. Now we can expand our offerings to the public through our partnership with Laurentian," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "Sudbury has been under serviced in the availability of public courses. With the new project management course offerings from Laurentian, the Sudbury market finally has access to high-quality, public courses."

The first scheduled courses under the new partnership include an introductory-level and an advanced-level project management course.

Procept's flagship Project Management Essentials course has been offered since the 1990s, with regular updates throughout the years. The base course is highly interactive, based upon case studies taken from real-world projects. Versions are also available tailored for construction, mechanical and electrical contractors, land surveyors, and for planning fundraising, festivals and events. For this first offering through Laurentian, Procept will offer its course in a hybrid of both online and classroom delivery. To help those who have trouble taking three consecutive days off work to attend training, and to reduce travel costs for those coming from afar, the first day of the course will be offered as a self-directed online module that students will complete before the two-day classroom portion of the course begins on March 27 and 28, 2017. This innovative hybrid delivery approach ensures that both experienced and inexperienced students can achieve a minimum knowledge level prior to the classroom courses, ensuring that they get the maximum benefit from their classroom interactions. The Laurentian-Procept partnership expects to offer more hybrid courses in the near future.

Among a series of advanced course offerings, the Project Closeout Best Practices course covers the processes needed to prepare for project closeout, as well as the practices needed to close a project including administrative, legal and financial closure. Special emphasis is put on post-closeout items such as document retention and dealing with ongoing legal matters such as claims and other disputes. The course uses case study examples of multiple project types including construction, information technology, marketing, and business process change initiatives. The variety of project types used helps to make the material relevant for all attendees. The first offering of this course is scheduled for March 29, 2017.

Other basic and advanced-level courses are planned for the new school year starting later in 2017.

Laurentian will host the courses at its new Goodman School of Mines facility in Sudbury. The new facility offers state-of-the-art learning technologies in the classrooms and a relaxing environment offering spaces for student collaboration. The school is providing discounts for Laurentian alumni and staff, as well as local PMI chapter members,

Barrettara concludes: "We are thrilled to welcome Laurentian University to our network of university partners. I am sure that this will be a long and fruitful relationship, bringing Procept's innovative courses and award-winning instructors to the Sudbury public."