Cecilia Baker: Student Success Story

Cecilia Baker says she was following her dream to work in project management when she enrolled in her full-time program at PACE. She is now employed with the Province of Manitoba’s Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, helping to coordinate projects that require consultation with First Nations communities.

“If you have the passion, drive, and the characteristics it takes to be a project manager, this is a great course to take,” says Baker, who notes that prospective students should be prepared for a challenge that provides them with an in-depth study of risk management, communication, planning and facilitation.

Baker came to PACE having accomplished much in her career already, including eight years working at Manitoba Hydro and a secondment to the United Way in 2009 that helped her recognize she had leadership abilities she wanted to put to use.

“So I just took the leap,” she says, explaining that as a single parent she found that a full-time course load made more sense than trying to balance work with part-time studies. “PACE gave me the education and skills to become a project manager, to be able to work in a team environment and fine tune my leadership skills.”

Baker chose PACE because of its reputation and relationship with UWinnipeg, and says she valued the knowledgeable, informative, and helpful instructors at PACE, as well as the cultural diversity among her classmates.

Program

Project Management Diploma

Year of Graduation

2014

Current Employer

Province of Manitoba’s Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs

Job Title

Project Manager
Wesley and Buhler Buildings