National Contract Management Association Picks Cal Poly Pomona for First Student Chapter

National Contract Management Association Picks Cal Poly Pomona for First Student Chapter
The Society of Law, Contracts and Procurement students are presented the First National Student Chapter Charter for the National Contract Management Association.
NCMA Past National President Charles Woodside presents faculty adviser John Wyatt with a Texas shirt during the Society of Law, Contracts and Procurement awards luncheon.

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) has awarded Cal Poly Pomona with the distinction of the First National Student Chapter Charter.

“This award reaffirms NCMA's and the industry's recognition of the quality and desirability of Cal Poly Pomona contract management students,” says John Wyatt, the chapter's faculty adviser and professor of Finance, Real Estate & Law in the College of Business. “Cal Poly Pomona is highly regarded by the contract management profession due to the unique specialization of courses offered here.”

Formed in 1959, NCMA is the premier professional association representing the contract management, acquisition and procurement profession, in particular federal government contract/procurement agencies and its contractors and subcontractors.

NCMA recently expanded its membership to include student chapters in an effort to connect students and academic institutions to the contract management profession.

The charter award was presented to the Society of Law, Contracts, and Procurement (SLCP), a contract management student club now also recognized as the NCMA student chapter, at a recognition banquet March 1 at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.

NCMA's Executive Director Neal Couture and Past National President Charles Woodside presented the award and a $500 grant to the club.

Nearly 75 leading senior contract management executives joined the students at the luncheon. Among the companies represented were Parsons Corp., Boeing, Raytheon, Pratt-Whitney Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Lockheed-Martin and Defense Contract Management Agency.

In his welcoming remarks, CBA Dean David Klock praised SLCP students for their initiative and perseverance in achieving this very noteworthy accomplishment.

Cal Poly Pomona students' involvement with NCMA dates back to the mid-1980s, when Paul Weisend first established a contract management program at the school. Over the years, contract management undergraduates and graduates have participated in chapter, region and national activities, including registra¬tion at World Congress. Most recently, the 34-member chapter participated in community service events, television tapings and NCMA dinners.

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter will informally serve as Cal Poly Pomona's mentor chapter and will advise students on establishing organizational structure and practice, selecting and grooming leaders, and assisting in program development and speaker recruitment.

In 2005, Cal Poly Pomona became the first university west of the Mississippi to co-award a Certificate in Contract Management with NCMA and became the first university in the country to be designated to permit its students, upon successful completion of the program courses, to sit for NCMA's Certified Federal Contract Manager and the Commercial Contracts Manager professional examinations.