To better serve Carolina energy companies, Northeaster University and E4 Carolinas will team to offer a Project Management Certificate for Energy Professionals.

Dr. Cheryl Richards, Northeastern-Charlotte’s CEO and Regional Dean, noted that “Northeastern has an internationally recognized and accredited Project Management program, including one of only two masters level programs in the North Carolina and a graduate certificate in project management”. The program’s faculty director, Dr. Joseph Griffin, PMP is based at the Northeastern University-Charlotte campus located in the heart of Uptown. Richards further explained that “the quality of this program and its flexible online & hybrid formats for busy working professionals means Northeastern is better positioned than other southeast universities to make this valuable offering to the energy industry”.

David Doctor, E4 Carolinas’ CEO, added that “its members engaged in project-oriented work will collaborate with the university’s faculty to contextualize coursework in their Project Management certificate with case studies, assignments and project work specific to the Energy industry”.

Enrollees in this 9 month, 18 credit-hour program will find the Certificate:

  • appropriate for various levels of project managers having a variety of experiences;
  • Include real-world oriented work in each six week course;
    offer opportunities to start four times each year, depending on enrollment demand;
  • provide advanced standing in Northeastern’s M.S. in Project Management degree; and
  • be offered to E4 Carolinas members at a discount.

Doctor observed that “project management competency is a valued skill for many Carolina energy companies and this Certificate will address a need that has existed for many years”.

Energy professionals may visit the Northeastern – E4 Carolinas webpage to enroll or learn more.

Northeastern University is a top-tier private research university that provides high-demand graduate programs aligned with the needs of industry in region and around the globe. The Northeastern Charlotte campus opened in 2011 as the University’s first expansion outside of Boston. Since then, it has grown from eight master’s degrees to nearly 40 degree and certificate programs serving residents across the southeastern US. The Northeastern network also includes campuses and hubs in Seattle, Silicon Valley and Toronto.

E4 Carolinas is the trade association for Carolinas energy companies and organizations, providing a platform whereby members collaborate to become more valuable and successful in the areas of Workforce Development, Economic Development, Innovation & Capital, Communications & Networking and Policy.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Cheryl Richards, Northeastern University – Charlotte CEO & Regional Dean, at or 980-224-8468 or to David A. Doctor, E4 Carolinas’ President & CEO, at or 704-661-8131