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Digital Logistics Career Paths Are Unbounded in San Joaquin USA
September 19, 2016
Ever wonder how those online orders get delivered same day or grocery shelves get restocked overnight? What’s the magic that brings together a selection of products, makes boxes to fit the items in, delivers to shippers and makes this all happen during the same day. For example Amazon sold 27 million items on Cyber Monday, or 306 items per second, which is a new record. Now that’s shop till you drop.
What’s this mean to our Grow It, Make It and Ship It! economy?
Over 47,000 California firms today employ more than 3 million people in supply chain activities with predictions that thousands more will be added in the near future. And in San Joaquin USA a full educational ladder of opportunity can be found beginning in high school or adult education.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education in partnership with the Human Services Agency offers four post-secondary Career Technical Education programs for adults with barriers to employment within San Joaquin County. The Warehouse program provides adults with the ability to certify on up to six pieces of equipment related to pallet jack and forklift operations.
Additionally, the California community college system is developing career technical education courses to build a skilled 31st-century workforce. San Joaquin Delta College is now offering a diverse set of programs to prepare students for the workforce.
Gillian Murphy, Division Dean of Applied Science, Business & Technology says the Logistic and Transportation Supervisor Certification program develops the skills, knowledge, and training to advance people into an entry –level management role.
“We also have developed education training courses for positions such as traffic coordinator, dispatcher, freight billing clerk, warehouse control clerk, shipping supervisor, telemarketing and freight salesperson; including training in specialized areas of the transportation and distribution industries”, says Murphy.
The courses will be accepted for credit at California 4-year colleges like University of the Pacific.
According to Dr. Lewis Gale Dean of the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific, analytics of “Big Data” is evolving quickly into many industries including logistics. He says with the large data sets firms are developing by merging vehicle, container, and vessel data with weather, storage facility and customer data, logistics has expanded beyond the requirements of forecasting tools.
“The University of the Pacific launched the Master of Science in Analytics in San Francisco last year to respond to industry needs for data scientists. The Eberhardt School of Business will be adding an undergraduate concentration in Business Analytics and soon our graduates will bring a new set of tools with competence in analytics to improve decision-making for our region’s employers,” says Gale.
Amazon, Medline, FedEx Ground and ATI Air Cargo are all local growing examples of the rapid change of traditional managed warehouses into a digitally driven fully transparent global supply chain. Our educators are ready for the need of continuous upgrading of skills and degrees of the 40% of the labor force who now work.
Thank you to Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce October for sharing this article from their upcoming issue of Port O Call. Read the current issue of Port O Call at http://bit.ly/2cLjjLH.