Grainger donates to facility management program at Northern Illinois University


Jan 23, 2008

Grainger recently contributed $15,000 to Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, Ill., to assist in the creation of professional development opportunities for facility managers across the Midwest.

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 the 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,” said Donna Mann, assistant director of non-credit programs for NIU Outreach.

The Grainger donation will be used to help market the program and to offset the cost of textbooks and course materials for students. The company has invested more than $370,000 in programs like this one during 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,” said 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 offer the Certified Facility Manager Exam Review and Seminar Series later this year. The program will be divided into 11 sections that cover all aspects of facility management, plus a review session. Topics to be covered include:

  • The business of facilities management
  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Planning and project management
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Quality assessment and innovation
  • Human and environmental factors
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication
  • Technology

“This is a one-of-a-kind program that will offer something for facility managers at all levels, from entry-level professionals seeking to learn more about the functional areas of the business, to those preparing to sit for the CFM exam,” said Esther Diamond, president of the Chicago Chapter of IFMA.

The seminars can be taken individually or as a series to aid in preparation for the CF Management exam. For more information, visit or call (815) 732-6249.