Jobs as Supply Chain Management (SCM) logisticians, with an annual median salary of more than $72,000, are rapidly growing nationwide. Essex County College is launching career training in this burgeoning field in which students can earn a nationally recognized certificate in one of eight specialties in as little as six weeks.
The College has created the program which is funded through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Supply Chain Management positions will grow by 22 percent through 2022.
SCM represents an effort by suppliers to develop and implement supply chains that are as efficient and economical as possible. The supply chain goes from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer.
Students earn one college credit and a national certificate through the College’s Business Division, said Division Chair Dr. Augustine Boakye.
Dr. Boakye said the federal grant is helping the College develop a modern lab and curriculum to provide comprehensive training in the condensed course. The success of these initial classes will help spin off an additional 3-credit course for the Fall 2015 semester and eventually an Associate Degree in the Supply Chain Management field.
Additional information is available at www.essex.edu/scm.
Program Director Michael Adamo said while Essex will eventually offer eight separate classes, three initial courses will be offered – Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, Warehousing Operations, and Customer Service. The other proposed classes will be in the areas of Transportation, Demand Planning, Inventory, Manufacturing and Procurement. Students will be able to take any or all of the offerings.
Essex is part of a national consortium known as LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies) in Supply Chain Management. The consortium is comprised of 12 colleges and universities working in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
“Although the central focus of the grant is to provide a stepping stone for the long-term unemployed, displaced workers and veterans, the program is open to all students, as well as those looking to change careers. With the collaborative leadership of Essex’s administration, faculty, and staff the program will have a strong foundation long into the future,” said Mr. Adamo.
Classes offered in the traditional setting, including adaptive learning technology to help prepare students for a comprehensive final assessment, were developed by all participating institutions and the CSCMP. Additionally, all 12 colleges and universities will be working with local industry leaders to seek approved internships, apprenticeships, and job training for students who successfully complete the respective courses.