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.


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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.   

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Dr. Evadne Harrison-Madu

Dr. Evadne Harrison-Madu

Dr. Evadne Harrison-Madu, Chair of the Essex County College Division of Nursing & Allied Health, has been appointed to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Collaborative Center for Nursing. Dr. Harrison-Madu was recently appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the term which begins in September.


“I’m excited by the appointment and anxious to help move the nursing profession forward,” Dr. Harrison-Madu said.


Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer, called the appointment to the 17-member board “a wonderful professional opportunity” for Dr. Harrison-Madu, who is a Registered Nurse.


The Center and its board works on behalf of nurses to provide evidence-based recommendations regarding the nursing workforce and its impact on patient care. According to its mission, the Center is working to promote a positive image for nursing, while ensuring diverse nursing providers are available to meet the demand of the state’s evolving healthcare system.


The Center is housed in New Brunswick at the Rutgers University College of Nursing.


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College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson, third from right in front row, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka (center), donors and Newark youth at kickoff of the 2015 Newark Summer Youth Work Enrichment Program

College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson, third from right in front row, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka (center), donors and Newark youth at kickoff of the 2015 Newark Summer Youth Work Enrichment Program

The City of Newark kicked off its annual Newark Youth Summer Work Enrichment Program today, July 6, at Essex County College. Approximately 2,600 city youngsters packed the Gymnasium as part of the ambitious program’s orientation. The young men and women, ages 14 to 24, will begin paid summer jobs starting on July 7.


The youth will work across the city, engaged in a wide spectrum of jobs. The positions are in government, educational institutions, private companies and non-profit agencies.  The city and One-Stop Newark Works are leading the program in conjunction with a number of partners, including Essex County College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University-Newark.


“Welcome to your first day of your new career,” Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson told the youngsters.  Dr. Gibson then outlined tips to help ensure success in the workplace. “My challenge to you is to maintain a positive attitude and take advantage of this opportunity.”


Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka noted that as a teen he worked in a city summer job. “Back then, we mostly had manual jobs. But today, you will have so many different career opportunities.” In his talk that emphasized pride and hard work, Mayor Baraka said, “We need you to have a job, to be productive and be responsible.


“You don’t live in the ‘hood’, you live in Newark,” he said to a large ovation from the youngsters.


Essex County College will be home for 800 participants each Monday this summer. They will receive financial literacy and job readiness training along with college preparedness classes.


NJIT will offer Information Technology coding workshops and participation in a city-wide beautification program. That program will allow participants to work with professional architects in coming up with and implementing beautification designs, said Gregory Mass, executive director of NJIT’s Career Development Services.


The program received funding from a number of sources, including $1.5 million from the Foundation for Newark’s Future. That foundation was set up in 2010 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when he pledged $100 million in matching funds for the Newark public schools district.


Other sponsors of the program include Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund ($185,000), PSE&G ($100,000), Bank of America ($75,000), Wells Fargo ($25,000) and TD Bank ($20,000).


Newark Deputy Mayor Rahman Muhammad said the number of participants this year doubled from last year. “Our program would not be successful without the enthusiastic support and commitment we receive from our employer partners who ensure that Newark youth gain invaluable work experiences that will last a lifetime.”


Norma Gonzalez, of One-Stop Newark Works, also talked about the program’s importance for the city. “Our youth are our priority to move the city forward.”


Dr. Gibson concluded, “We can accomplish a lot this year.”

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