JERRY DICKERSON, PMP - ACADEMIC OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Reports to VP of Marketing
Years with PMI-CCVC: 10 years
Why PMI: I have been a PM for over 25 years in medical device manufacturing and healthcare information technology. I have been a member of PMI since 2004 and a PMP certification holder since 2010.
Getting my PMP is more than just a career booster. It is about giving back of your job knowledge, skills and experiences to others as your career matures. Since 2010, I have been an instructor for the very course that helped me get certified. Alongside other volunteer instructors, we have trained roughly 100 students helping 30 of them prepare and pass their CAPM/PMP Exam and gain their certification.
While I have served in several different volunteer roles since helping establish the California Central Valley Chapter in 2010, I have valued most of all my current role as University Academic Outreach Director. With the help of some key professors from local universities, we launched the Academic Forum in 2014 focused on getting students interested in and ready for careers leveraging project management skills and expertise. Our vision is to help students get connected to local Central Valley employers and find meaningful jobs to kick off their careers. In doing such, my hope is that these students will be inspired to give back to our local communities as well.
I was on board USS Princeton (CG59) when it was struck by two submerged mines off the coast of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. I was proud to be part of the gallant crew that kept our ship afloat and able to perform its primary duties of protecting the other amphibious ships in the area from missile attack by Iraqi ground forces within range of our task force until we could be towed out of harms way.
"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” - 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)