Supply chains have grown to play a crucial role within many companies, keeping employees with strong logistics skillsets in high demand. This has led to an increase in collegiate courses and programs specializing in supply chain management and logistics across the entire United States. At TAGG, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and this time we have decided to go BACK TO SCHOOL!
It all started in 2013 when a representative from the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College (STLCC) asked if we would assist in their grant application by pledging support in the development of the program. The grant would enable development of a logistics curriculum at the Community College level. With TAGG’s support the grant became funded and STLCC developed a 6 week entry-level “Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution Specialist” course. They also developed an online Certified Logistics Technician curriculum broken down into two levels:
1) Certified Logistics Associate 2) (CLA)Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)
The Certified Logistics Associate is the base level. This course provides students with the foundational knowledge they will need to understand the world of supply chain and learn related core competencies. The course is self-taught via 9 online modules. Topics of focus include: global supply chain, the logistics environment, material handling, safety principles, equipment operation and much more!
The Certified Logistics Technician is the technical mid-level stage where students are given knowledge needed to understand the world of supply chain logistics. This course is also self-taught via 9 online modules and requires approximately 35 hours to complete. This course covers topics ranging from product receiving and storage to inventory control, evaluation of transportation modes, and measurement and metric conversions. To gain certification for each level, students must pass a test that is administered on-campus at STLCC.
Starting on September 8, 2015, some of the students from STLCC will be working at TAGG’s fulfillment center to gain a real-life experience of how the logistics world works. We are looking forward to having them and sharing our knowledge and expertise with future supply chain professionals. Additionally, for our participation in the development of the program, STLCC is allowing all TAGG employees to take the course free of charge. It is our goal to have all employees earn a CLA. Having all employees with a certification in logistics will make TAGG unique amongst other logistics providers. We firmly believe in the education taught in this program and are sure that it will benefit our employees, as well as all of our existing and future clients. To learn more about this course, visit the STLCC website.