JWCC Promotes National Logistics Day with Career Guides, Scholarship Promotion and Truck Display
What if Amazon couldn’t make good on its one-day shipping promise? Without students entering logistics and supply chain management programs this everyday occurrence could be in jeopardy.
That’s why John Wood Community College based in Quincy, Illinois, a Midwest transportation hub, is joining the June 28 National Logistics Day effort to increase awareness of opportunities in the industry.
The College has created two quick guides for potential students to see if their interest and skills match those of the industry and is promoting an existing scholarship opportunity available for Quincy students entering logistics fields at www.jwcc.edu/quincypromise. JWCC will also display trucks in front of its Quincy campus as a symbol of the need for drivers in the region on June 28.
Logistics and supply chain management span numerous industries including warehousing, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, diesel technology, welding, industrial technology and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.
College graduates and professionals in the field are in high demand within JWCC’s district, across the country and throughout the world.
In the Quincy region alone, 100-plus manufacturers rely on individuals with logistics skills and 13 trucking firms could fill 200 driver jobs right now. Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) data show that trucks transport at least 70 percent of consumer goods in the United States.
“Whether it’s a container of freight from overseas or goods manufactured in the United States, a truck was used to transport and people coordinating the movement,” Glen Bemis of Quincy-based transportation firm Sisbro Incorporated shared. “The Quincy area is in a strategic location for transportation. The demand for truck drivers and trained people in logistics continues to grow. Having a path to obtain these skills locally provides a big advantage to those entering this field obtaining good paying jobs along with providing the workforce needed to the companies.”
Logistics businesses account for 8 percent of all manufacturing and sales in the United States according to CSCMP and the industries produce $800 billion in revenues according to industry research conducted by Armstrong & Associates.
“Logistics touches every industry, and the skills learned in these programs will help new students gain access to a field that has great career opportunities,” David Hetzler, JWCC interim dean of career and technical education shared. “Individuals who are currently working in transportation, warehousing or manufacturing companies can take online classes to advance their careers and enter supervisory or management level positions without missing work.”
JWCC launched its logistics and operations management certificate and associate degree in 2015 and made both programs more convenient by placing all courses online in 2017.
All related logistics programs (manufacturing, diesel technology, industrial technology and HVAC) at JWCC also have some online courses and many classroom-based classes are offered in the evening and through open-learning lab environments. JWCC’s Southeast Education Center based in Pittsfield began offering truck driver training courses last fall to extend the opportunity to interested students in the more rural parts of the College’s district.
The first two years of a supply chain management bachelor’s degree are also offered at JWCC, which transfer regionally to Quincy University and Western Illinois University as well as universities across the country.
“Transportation and Logistics are a major industry in our region,” Marcel Wagner, president of Great River Economic Development Foundation said. “TDL is a critical component of the manufacturing process. Bringing in raw material from suppliers and delivering finished goods to customers. Transportation and logistics positions provide great head-of household income, long term employment potential and the ability to live and work in our community. Training for a TDL position, whether it be driving, doing mechanical work or handling product can all be accomplished at John Wood at a very affordable cost.”
Links to JWCC logistics and truck driving quick guides: http://blog.jwcc.edu/6-signs-truck-driving-is-for-you
John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses. Learn more at : www.jwcc.edu
John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.
Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.