Continuing Education

Jim O'Donnell

Jim O'Donnell

Jim’s unique combination of technical knowledge, Project Management experience, and interpersonal skills has helped him become one of the highest rated Project Management instructors at companies such as Boeing, Dell Computers, Intel, Monsanto, LA Unified School District, Pacific Life and many other Fortune 500 and State and Local governments.

With over 25 years experience as a Sr. Project Manager in the Information Technology, Oil and Gas, Software Development, and Corporate Training industries, Jim brings a unique blend of real-world project experience (over $1 Billion in global projects in 20 years), successful start-ups, and published academic research to a dynamic classroom environment.

Jim teaches a complete range of project management material and has authored courses in PMP Prep, Foundations of Project Management, Managing & Leading Successful Projects, Managing Complex Projects and Assessing & Recovering Troubled Projects.

He has earned a BS and MS in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Business from Argosy University in Seattle (Dissertation topic: “A Study of the Relationships among Project Managers’ Leadership Practices, Project Complexity, and Project Success”).

Courses Taught

Foundations of Project Management

Project management skills are essential in a wide variety of professional roles, and can even be a wonderful asset in your personal life. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, approaching it from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small- to medium-sized. You’ll work through the project life cycle using the same steps you’ll use when you’re managing a real project. Curriculum is based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), and provides the foundation for your training to become PMP certified. Prerequisites: An understanding and experience with MS Windows and Office products; 2 or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful, but not required. This class meets at Seattle Central College.

We 6pm–9:30pm Jan 17Feb 21 (6 sessions) $389.00
Off campus, Seattle Central College (Main Campus)
Class meets at Seattle Central College: 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122 Broadway Edison Bldg Room 1139H.
This class is already in session. Please call or email the Continuing Education office for possible late registration.
Winter Quarter