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UMGC to Participate in Virtual Education & Professional Dev. Symposium

UMGC to Present Session on Careers in Contract Management

Bob Ludwig
By Bob Ludwig

UMGC to Present Session on Careers in Contract Management

Adelphi, Md. (April 21, 2002)—As part of Public Service Recognition Week, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is teaming up with members of the Federal Academic Alliance to host the 4th biannual Federal Government Virtual Education & Professional Development Symposium on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

Among the symposium’s presentations, UMGC will host a session entitled: “Contract Managers are in Demand: Is it the Right Career Choice for you?”

The federal government community, including military servicemembers and their spouses, will have the opportunity to meet representatives from UMGC and other Federal Academic Alliance schools to learn how to take advantage of available education benefits. There is no cost to attend.

For more information about the symposium and to register, visit

Key objectives of the symposium include:

  • Informing federal employees and their families about the benefits available through the Federal Academic Alliance
  • Providing a wide array of presentations that directly corresponds to the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management’s mission critical occupations and leadership development directives
  • Providing professional development and learning opportunities through forums and workshops
  • Supporting career pathways for Federal employees by providing information on how to obtain college degrees/certificates and/or college credit from an institution that best meets their academic needs

UMGC will have representatives available to discuss the university’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online programs, as well as its discounted tuition program with OPM. UMGC also offers cost savings through its use of digital resources, which have replaced costly publisher textbooks in most courses.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) created the Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. UMGC was a founding member of the alliance, which offers higher educational opportunities to the federal workforce by providing current federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates. Today, the alliance has grown to include 26 colleges and universities from across the country. Each of these schools offers unique benefits to federal employees, spouses, and dependents to advance their education.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations. 

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education.

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at more than 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans.