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GSBPP Grads Pair Professional Certifications With Their NPS Degrees
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GSBPP Grads Pair Professional Certifications With Their NPS Degrees

By Dale M. Kuska

A select group of graduates from NPS' Graduate School of Business and Public Policy went the extra mile during their time at the university, and it's paid off. Not only did these Fall quarter graduates report to their next duty stations with an NPS master's degree, they also earned a prestigious professional certification in their given field, a testament to their mastery of the subject matter.

"In many of the disciplines we are teaching our students, such as contract management or program management, there are professional associations that collectively advance the profession, partly through these professional certifications," explained GSBPP Associate Professor Dr. Rene Rendon. "To earn one of these certifications, a student must demonstrate that they have a specific level of experience, a level of education, professional training, and then they must pass a very rigorous test."

Rendon notes that the effort is more than worthwhile, as the professional designation is a mark of prestige within the profession.

"These certifications are a testament to an individual's level of the competence within the body of knowledge, and they are supported by our service leaders, many of whom have obtained these same certifications during their own careers," said Rendon. "Ultimately, these certifications will help these make these officers better in their future assignments."

The Fall quarter graduates earning their professional certifications are, pictured third from left to right, Air Force Capt. Michael Murrow, Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM); Air Force Capt. Jacques Lamoureux, Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), and Project Management Professional (PMP); Air Force Capt. Matthew Comer, Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Project Management Professional (PMP); Air Force Capt. Clinton Walls, Project Management Professional (PMP); Air Force MSgt John Menanno, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); Marine Corps Capt. Jason Wood, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Navy Lt. Lupei Chou, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

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