June 30, 2014
Gwinnett Tech Introduces Logistics Program
'Be part of Georgia's biggest little-known industry'
Gwinnett Technical College will now offer a Logistics Management concentration within the college's Business Management program, helping train the workforce for one of Georgia's fastest growing industries.
With more than 11,000 providers of logistics services, Georgia ranks as the fifth-largest overall logistics employer in the nation. United Parcel Service (UPS), the world's largest logistics company, is headquartered in North Fulton County, part of Gwinnett Tech's service area. GTC is currently building a North Fulton campus in Alpharetta.
"To find those employers you only have to think of all the companies associated with the Port of Savannah or Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Or, consider the trucking companies that travel Georgia's interstates, the CSX Rail System, UPS, FedEx, and all the distribution and warehouse centers built around Atlanta," says Perry Barton, program director for business management at Gwinnett Tech.
Logistics is all about delivering the goods. It's the business of moving raw materials to manufacturers and products to retailers and customers in the fastest, most reliable way. In today's global market, that's an industry that impacts everyone.
"Logistics is like a huge chess game that is constantly changing. Workers are needed to analyze and monitor the supply chain with an eye on cost-reduction and efficiency," said Barton. "For anyone who likes a variety of challenges and solving problems, this is an exciting field."
Gwinnett Tech's two-semester, Logistics Management concentration will begin Fall Semester with classes starting on August 20. The final application deadline for the semester is July 31.
Aimed at young newcomers and workers already employed in the industry looking for more skills to advance, the classes will be offered in the evening. The courses include an overview of business logistics, materials management, product life-cycle management and purchasing. Students who want more credentials for management positions can earn a business management associate's degree at Gwinnett Tech.
"We are working continually with industry professionals who serve as program advisors to ensure the curriculums we teach represents the skills needed in today's workforce and align with the Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS) certification associated with the American Society of Transportation and Logistics," says Jermaine Whirl, dean of Business Sciences at Gwinnett Tech. "Students who enter the program are taught by full-time faculty that have 20 or more years in the field, and have advanced graduate degrees in logistics and supply chain management from respected institutions such as Georgia Tech, and are PMP® certified."
The concentration will prepare graduates to become dispatchers, warehouse clerks, logistics technicians or analysts with salaries averaging in the $30,000s. "This is the biggest industry in our region," says Barton. "You will definitely find a job, and go-getters move up rapidly."
In all, Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.