Grainger, Lake Forest, Ill., has contributed $15,000 to Northern Illinois University to assist in the creation of professional development opportunities for facility managers across the region. The program, to be known as the Certified Facility Manager Exam Review and Seminar Series, is being created through a partnership between NIU Outreach and the Chicago Chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

“We are grateful to Grainger for its support of this program, and we look forward to working with the Chicago Chapter of IFMA to create a curriculum that will enhance career advancement opportunities and increase the earning potential for professional facility managers,” says Donna Mann, assistant director of non-credit programs for NIU Outreach.

The Grainger gift will be used to help market the program and to offset the cost of textbooks and course materials for students. Grainger has invested more than $370,000 in such programs over the last two years.

“Grainger is proud to support the men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow in the field of facility management,” says Grainger District Branch Services Manager Rich Warfield. “We know that in today's workplace there is an ever-increasing need for skilled tradespeople, and we are proud to show our support through this contribution.”

NIU Outreach plans to start offering the Certified Facility Manager Exam Review and Seminar Series later this year. The program will be divided into 11 sections covering all aspects of facility management, from finance to operations to technology, plus a review session. For more information, visit the site www.cfm.niu.edu.

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