The California Department of Technology (CDT) has opened the application period for the Project Management Leadership Academy (PMLA), a training ground for project managers with limited experience and project support personnel who aspire to lead projects within the public sector.

PMLA blends formal training and an internship assignment with a receiving department. Students will be paired with mentors who will provide guidance, support and coaching while contributing to a project.

This will be the fourth PMLA cohort — and the first to be held virtually — that “provides many opportunities for students to grow professionally through networking with fellow students, a curriculum focused on the specific needs of the public sector’s project management workforce, and experiences gained while actively participating on a designated project,” according to CDT.

The 10-week program will run from April 14 through June 25. This year’s program will incorporate the best practices and strategies needed to lead projects in a remote environment.

PMLA is open to public-sector workers with limited experience in the field of project management. There are no job classification requirements in order to apply. Prospective participants are required to submit a signed CIO Authorization Form as part of their package submission.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday. To learn more about the program or to apply, go to CDT’s workforce development site.

PMLA is one CDT’s four academies specifically developed for the public-sector workforce.