RSCC offers contracts courses

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Roane State Community College will offer three courses this fall in contracts management, a field with strong earning potential.
The first course, Introduction to Government Contracts, will begin Sept. 1.
The class will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.
Once students complete the first course, they can take two additional contracts management classes.
• Mission Directed Contracting: Oct. 4-Nov. 8, Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oak Ridge campus
• Mission Performance Assessment: Nov. 10-Dec. 15, Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oak Ridge campus
By completing all three classes, students will have expertise in a high-value field.
The three courses will prepare students for entry-level jobs in contracts management. Contracts managers have numerous job responsibilities such as understanding regulations that apply when doing business with the federal government. The work requires strong reading comprehension skills and attention to detail.
Roane State worked closely with the National Contract Management Association to develop the curriculum. Members of the NCMA’s East Tennessee chapter in Oak Ridge have agreed to mentor students who take the contracts management courses.
According to a 2010 salary survey by the NCMA, the median salary for the contracts management profession is $92,500.
Those who are new to the field can expect starting salaries ranging from $45,000-$55,000 depending on job location and employer, according to the NCMA.
To enroll in the courses, a student must be admitted to the college. For more information, contact Jim McDaniel at 481-2000, Ext. 2362, or visit www.roanestate.edu.