Gwinnett Tech Logistics Students Learning from Industry’s Best

December 15, 2014

Gwinnett Tech Logistics Students Learning from Industry’s Best
GTC Students Gain Insight and Advice from UPS Executives

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON

Students enrolled in Gwinnett Technical College’s new Logistics program are already learning from the industry leader. GTC students recently spent the day at United Parcel Service (UPS), the world's largest logistics company, hearing firsthand from UPS executives about the diversity of careers within the industry.

“Our students had the chance to hear from UPS executives that logistics is the engine that runs all business operations and to hear about the diversity of professional careers that can be realized from the discipline of logistics and supply chain,” said Arebe Taylor, Logistics instructor, Gwinnett Tech. “The students also met with human resource professionals who talked with them about logistics-related jobs and internship opportunities.”

Gwinnett Tech launched a Logistics Management concentration within the college’s Business Management program this fall that will help train the workforce for one of Georgia’s fastest growing industries.

The program is designed for both young newcomers and those already employed in the industry looking for more skills to advance their careers. Program courses include an overview of business logistics, materials management, product life-cycle management and purchasing. Students may either earn an associate degree in Business Management with the logistics concentration, or complete a 17- credit-hour Logistics Management Specialist certificate.

With more than 11,000 providers of logistics services, Georgia ranks as the fifth-largest overall logistics employer in the nation. UPS is headquartered in North Fulton County, part of Gwinnett Tech's service area and home to the college’s new campus, now under construction at GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway.

Taylor and the 18 students who comprise GTC’s first class of aspiring logistics professionals were joined by Karen Howard, curriculum program specialist with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

The Gwinnett Tech program will prepare graduates to become dispatchers, warehouse clerks, logistics technicians or analysts with starting salaries averaging in the $30,000s. “This is the biggest industry in our region,” says Perry Barton, program director for business management at Gwinnett Tech. “You will definitely find a job, and go-getters move up rapidly.”

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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December 15, 2014