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AACC Expands Transportation/Logistic Programs

Sept. 17, 2010

      Moving products from Point A to Point B is not as easy as it used to be. Between the rapidly changing technology used in the logistics and supply chain industry and the continual updates in security requirements for shipping both domestic and international cargo, workers in the transportation industry – and those who want to enter it – need to get the latest training.

      Anne Arundel Community College offers programs that can meet both needs. AACC’s two-year-old Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security credit certificate was initiated as part of a U.S. Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training grant. The program already has graduated 38 students and expects another 60 students to graduate in December. Of the graduates who entered the program without a job, 67 percent are now employed. But most of the students – 64 percent – are already working in the industry and realized they needed updated skills.

      The college expanded the program because many of the current students wanted to continue and broaden their education in the field. This fall, students can also work toward a certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management or a Business Management A.A.S. degree with a Logistics and Supply Chain Management concentration.

      “The whole warehousing, distribution and supply sector has a different focus and so requires a different mix of classes,” said Gloria Sandstrom, coordinator of sponsored programs. “While they still need to consider security regulations, the emphasis is more on the planning and implementation of the various logistics functions along the supply chain.”

      Kipp Snow, an instructional specialist for the program, said the new option leads first to a certificate and then to an associate degree in Business Management. For those who want to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree, Snow said nearby programs exist, such as Supply Chain Management, a business major at University of Maryland College Park, or Transportation Systems, an engineering-oriented major at Morgan State University.

      “This really broadens the options for people wanting to move forward in the transportation field,” he said.

      AACC is starting some classes in October as eight-week classes and others in the spring. For information, call 410-777-2923.