The logistics marketplace currently offers an exciting employment opportunity, and graduates of Anoka Technical College’s two-year-old Logistics certificate program are reaping the benefits.
“I wouldn’t have the great job that I have today if it weren’t for the Logistics program at Anoka Tech,” says Sonja Magney, Supply Chain Management Supervisor at Children’s Hospital and Clinics in St. Paul. “I wanted to take the next step in my career, but I didn’t want to spend four years getting a new degree. The program at Anoka Tech fit perfectly around my work schedule. It felt like I got to special-order just what I wanted.”
The college’s 16-credit certificate is designed for students seeking first-time employment in supply-chain management or for experienced individuals who want to expand their knowledge. The program emphasizes professional standards, and proper methodology, such as sound logistics strategies and principles. As part of the Logistics certificate, students also earn Forklift and OSHA Training certifications.
The extensive use of the internet has increased the need for a flexible logistics infrastructure to support a global supply network that supports the movement of goods from a growing number of source locations to meet market demand. Employment in the logistics and supply field is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Organizations are wrestling with keeping inventory low while meeting the needs of customers who want goods faster and with more flexibility,” said Chuck Nemer, Anoka Tech Logistics instructor. “The Anoka Tech Logistics program offers a great foundation for people who want to enter this in-demand field and experience the satisfaction of helping these supply chains run smoothly.”
Logistics specialists evaluate and organize a firm’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. Students learn to manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated and delivered.
Governments and the military also rely on logisticians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Planning for and moving military supplies and personnel require an enormous amount of logistical work. Employment of logisticians in government and contracting firms will continue to grow to meet the needs of the military.
Companies rely on logistics specialists to better compete in a highly globalized market. Supply and distribution systems have become increasingly complex, with the aim of maximizing efficiency while minimizing cost. The performance of the logistical and supply chain process is an important factor in a company’s profitability. Therefore, employment is expected to grow rapidly as companies need more logisticians to move products efficiently, solve problems, and identify areas for improvement.
Graduates will have knowledge and understanding of analytical tools used in logistics, current local, state, federal, and international laws related to large scale transport and storage of materials; ethical/legal issues related to purchasing and transportation of goods and materials and the knowledge and skills to analyze potential opportunities in the management of supply chain.
For more information about Anoka Technical College’s Logistics certificate program, call 763-433-1100 or visit www.anokatech.edu/ProgramsCourses/TranspDistributionLogistics/Logistics.aspx