Howard Community College Introduces Program for Professionals to Enter and Excel in Logistics Industry
COLUMBIA, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) is introducing a new logistics program for job seekers interested in securing employment or advancing career opportunities in the logistics industry – encompassing warehousing, distribution and fulfillment, and transportation roles. The Certified Logistics Associate and Technician series is a two-tiered program, designed to equip front-line workers with practical skills and in-depth knowledge to succeed in the industry.
The Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) course is a foundation-level course for those interested in pursuing entry-level positions, and is the first in the series. It delivers training on material and equipment handling, quality and safety, and the role of computer systems and applications in the supply chain process. The Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) course is a mid-level course, to be taken after the CLA course and exam are successfully completed, or for those with relevant industry experience. This course focuses on receiving and stocking products, processing and shipping, inventory control, handling hazardous materials, product dispatch and routing protocols, and tracking systems. Each course is six weeks in length.
Certification for students who complete the program is provided by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a nationally accredited training organization. Instructors undergo rigorous training through MSSC to ensure students receive instruction that stays current with the rapidly changing technology of this dynamic industry. MSSC certification helps individuals who are either new to the industry or who have some experience and are poised for advancement to stand out as ideal candidates with competencies in line with industry-recognized standards.
“Safe, efficient distribution and transport of goods is more essential now than ever as we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kristin Navarro, senior director of workforce development at HCC. “It has changed the way people live their lives and how our economy operates. HCC is offering training that will allow workers who are new to the world of logistics to ‘hit the ground running’ and will pave the way for advancement for those with existing experience.”
Navarro also stresses the value of the program in terms of creating new opportunities for professionals who have lost their jobs since the onset of COVID-19. Recognizing this, scholarship assistance is available for students who wish to pursue this program, as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, launched to facilitate workforce education and training opportunities during the pandemic.
“We have definitely seen a surge in the number of displaced workers, particularity in the retail and hospitality industry,” explained Navarro. “Our logistics program opens their eyes to new job opportunities, and offers training to help them make a change, with movement into an industry that is changing and growing, quickly.”
Both courses will be offered at HCC during the spring 2021 semester, in a virtual/online format. The vision for the program was established prior to the onset of COVID-19; it was originally designed to be facilitated online. Virtual labs and simulation tools will be utilized as the courses are taught, generating realistic platforms for students to build and practice skills that apply in the logistics work environment. A Certified Production Technician series focused on advanced manufacturing skills will be introduced later in 2021.
“Each program is designed to be a short-term training that can be completed in less than 2 months so that students can complete it and be on their way to pursuing new opportunities, fairly quickly,” said Navarro. “Companies seeking logistics technicians are also encouraged to contact us. We are here to help hiring managers make connections and fill gaps in their workforce.”
For more information and to register for the CLA course, which begins on March 8, or the CLT course, which begins on May 3, visit howardcc.edu/logistics. To find out about eligibility and availability of GEER Fund scholarships, visit howardcc.edu/geerfund.
Employers who wish to connect with program enrollees and graduates are encouraged to contact Howard Community College’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 443-518-4049.
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