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Enterprising Students Grow Positivity in Carlow

C E PicMSD volunteers Caoimhe and Eamonn with students from Presentation College Carlow and their teacher Marie CumiskeyTwo groups of students from Presentation College Carlow participated in the PM Skills for Life Project this year, a collaborative initiative between the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and JAI. With the support of project management professionals Caoimhe McMahon, Dave Hackett and Eamonn O’Mara from MSD Ireland Carlow the students were enabled to understand, plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate projects of their own.

Two project management groups were set up in school with very distinct project deliverables. Project Growing Positivity GPThe Growing Positivity project deliverablesassisted by volunteers Caoimhe and Eamonn, focused on supporting their schools communities health, happiness and sense of harmony by planting and growing positivity, a legacy to be maintained by future TY groups.

Project Enterprise week assisted by Dave, focused on increasing Junior Cycle students awareness of enterprise by scheduling a week of enterprise events which included the visit of a guest speaker, quiz and presentations from students.

Both projects were extremely successful and a number of students, who excelled during the completion of the PM Skills for Life programme, were invited to MSD to showcase their achievements to members of the Senior Leadership Team and the volunteers who had guided them at the initial stages of their project.

Yvonne O’ Toole, Site Communications Lead at MSD Ireland, Carlow said: “MSD are delighted to be associated with the Junior Achievement Program. This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of MSD in Carlow and the partnership with Junior Achievement has been something that has been key for us from the outset. Many of our staff members have been engaged in delivering Junior Achievement programs to local schools over the last eight to ten years and this has presented benefits not just for the schools but also for our staff members who have a fantastic opportunity to engage with local schools.

MSD InnovationStudents and teachers from Presentation College Carlow meet the SLT from MSD Ireland, Carlow at the PM Skills Innovation Camp.

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