Ground Transportation Logistics Certificate: Industry Need Prompts Development of New Program

Ground Transportation LogisticsThis fall, Central Oregon Community College introduced a new one-year certificate program in Ground Transportation Logistics. The program will provide students with the principles of logistics management and business operations, as well as information about technological advancements, trends and current issues within the ground transportation and supply chain management industry.

Rick Williams, CEO of Central Oregon Truck Company in Redmond, approached COCC about implementing a degree and/or certificate program in the broad industry of Transportation Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He said that his company, which employs 270 people, is in desperate need of trained graduates in this profession. In addition, he noted that there are many other types of employers who would also be interested in this skill set.

"In exploring this option, we have determined there is an employment need in two overlapping, yet distinct areas," said Theresa Freihoefer, chair of the COCC Business department. "We have decided to start with the certificate in Ground Transportation Logistics and then eventually offer, if enrollment and resources allow, an associate's degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management."

COCC instructor, Susan Dixon, who earned a doctorate degree in Supply Chain Management, has assisted in the development of the course curriculum. This certificate requires 45 to 49 credits. In addition to business and computer classes, coursework includes Managing Business Processes and Trucking Operations Management. Students will learn how transportation logistics affects businesses, both on the domestic and global scales, as well as the practical application of processes and standards within the current business context of transportation and logistics management.

There are three basic job categories in this profession: dispatchers; transportation, storage and distribution managers; and logisticians.

Dispatchers schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers; or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computers to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.

Transportation, storage and distribution managers plan, direct or coordinate transportation, storage or distribution activities in accordance with government policies and regulations.

Logisticians manage the movement of companies' products and supplies, which allows the company to compete in a highly globalized market. Governments and the military also rely on logisticians for planning for and moving military supplies.

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COCC offers programs in both Aviation and Ground Transportation. Skilled workers in these fields are in high demand and COCC can give you the training and experience you need to launch your new career. Come to our free information session and meet program instructors, learn about job opportunities and get all the details on how you can get started today.

COCC's Aviation program leads to licensure in fixed wing, helicopter or unmanned aerial system. Ground transportation options include commercial driver's license, dispatch, trucking operation management and supply chain management.

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