Despite US Government sequestration, furloughs and other budget woes, KM Institute, the Washington, DC-based global leader in KM training and certification, this week welcomed its largest class ever (35 students) to its five-day Certified Knowledge Manager program. In fact, the company had to establish a waiting list several weeks ahead of time, and defer some students' attendance to their fall programs.
Says Douglas Weidner, Chairman and Chief Instructor, "Others may say 'KM is dead,' but we are happy to report there remains a high demand for our training. We feel this is a strong indicator that KM is in fact, very much alive. Not just in the public sector where we have been dominant throughout our history, but in a number of private sector firms as well as leading non-governmental organizations."
This week's class includes attendees from all parts of the U.S., and from the nations of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India, Guatemala and Haiti.
Firms represented include: the U.S. Government and Military, Booz Allen Hamilton, The World Bank, The Red Cross, The Inter-American Development Bank, Compassion International, ExxonMobil, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, GIZ, Cempro, LMI Consulting, The United Nations Development Program, Medtronic, WBB Inc. Consultants, The Saudi Government, and Empire State University of NY.
All attendees will complete the newly revised Certified Knowledge Practitioner or Manager courses, enhanced by online e-learning and new content derived from the latest in workplace learning and KM research. They will hear from guest instructors who are current KM practitioners, participate in practical exercises to build their own personal KM Portfolios -- knowledge they will take back and begin to apply immediately in their respective workplaces, and use to train their teams.
Prior to the week-long program, each class member joined the KMI Knowledge Hub for pre-class orientation. They will enjoy ongoing membership in the Hub, which will be continuously updated with new premium content -- videotaped lectures from future sessions, new research and the students' own contributions.