Logistics program to be offered in Liberty

The Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development will host a logistics program this spring in Liberty, giving students the chance to earn certifications that will prepare them to seize career opportunities on the front line of a rapidly expanding field.

The non-credit logistics program begins in April and will be offered in two parts: Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). Each course will run consecutively for six weeks in hybrid form, with classes available in Liberty and online for the convenience of non-traditional students or working professionals.

Prerequisites for the program include attendance at an information session or an appointment with a program advisor. The first information session will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, March 31, at Liberty Municipal Library. Each course includes all necessary class materials, textbooks and the certification exam. Veterans are strongly encouraged to attend, and may be eligible to take both the CLA and CLT courses at no charge through the College Credit for Heroes grant.

“The goal of the program is to raise the level of performance of logistics workers — both to assist individuals in finding higher-wage jobs, and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness,” said Tonya Britton, director of Corporate Services for the college’s workforce center.

Both the CLA and CLT course have been developed according to industry standards and are being offered in association with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a national certification system that gives front-line production and material-handling workers the opportunity to show they have the skills and knowledge needed for the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

Information technology professionals, in particular, may find the logistics program gives them an ideal foundation to move into the supply-chain management field, Britton said. Logistics-related technology ranges from radio frequency identification chips to inventory management systems developed by IT workers to ensure products are delivered where and when they are expected.

“Logistics positions can be found across several sectors, including transportation, warehousing and retail, and therefore offer a variety of career paths in multiple industries,” Britton said. “Our region is showing significant growth in all of these areas.”

Though the logistics program is not for credit, those who successfully complete the courses and obtain both CLA and CLT certifications may be eligible to receive three credits toward the completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in logistics at Lee College.

For additional information contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311 or workforce@lee.edu. Veterans interested in exploring their eligibility for the College Credit for Heroes Program should contact the college’s Veterans Center at 832.556.4300 or va@lee.edu.