Gateway Plans Supply Chain Management Degree in 2015

Gateway Community and Technical College plans to add an associate degree program in supply chain management in 2015, thanks to the work of the newly formed Northern Kentucky Logistics Consortium.

Gateway and a group of 22 industry leaders coalesced earlier this year to form the consortium with a goal to develop a career pathway to guide and prepare workers for supply chain careers.

Their work led to the newly proposed degree program, which will include three embedded certificates that build toward an associates degree.

Increasingly recognized as a major stimulant to trade and business efficiency, the logistics sector is primed for continued growth with excellent career potential and advancement opportunity across all job functions, said Chris Reinersman, talent acquisition specialist at DHL Express, USA and consortium president.

The new pathway provides multiple entry and exit points that relate the curriculum and certificates to specific job opportunities in the logistics field, said Angie Taylor, Gateway vice president of Workforce Solutions and Innovations. The consortium developed the pathway by analyzing skill gaps, employment pipeline needs, and educational requirements voiced by industry.

This group now meets monthly to share best practices, design recruitment opportunities, and discuss market trends, allowing participants to not only strengthen their individual organizations, but also to partner with each other to strengthen the regions industry as a whole.

The consortium confirmed a slate of officers at the October meeting. In addition to Reinersman, the officers are Ben Green of LeanCor, vice president; Ginger McLelland of Amazon Fulfillment, secretary; and Amanda Lane of FedEx Ground, treasurer.

These four individuals have provided critical support and insight for the consortiums work while exhibiting dedication to the health of the regions logistics industry, Taylor said. Were eager to implement the new associate degree program and continue working with the consortium to further the best interests of this growing industry, potential workers and our students.

Taylor added that the logistics career pathway is a direct result of the $2.7 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant Gateway received from the U.S. Department of Labor last year.

Funding for the logistics pathway was included in the grant, known as Project IMPACT, which aims to increase the number of people who become industry certified in advanced manufacturing, utilities, transportation, logistics and construction trades, she said.