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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

POLA to Partner with Local Colleges

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles is partnering with two local colleges on the framework for creating refined global logistics curricula at the campuses, as well as lecture and internship opportunities to help prepare students for new and emerging trends in port logistics.

California State University Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles Harbor College and the Port of LA are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at the port’s Downtown Harbor Pier, adjacent to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

Signing the MOU will be POLA executive director Gene Seroka, Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan and Harbor College President Otto Lee.

“The logistics field is growing rapidly in the US because organizations need logisticians to analyze and coordinate the efficient transportation of goods in a global economy,” G. Keong Leong, associate dean in CSUDH’s College of Business Administration & Public Policy, said in a prepared statement. “Partnering with the Port of L.A. would be great for the university since our students will have access to internship and career opportunities there.”

The MOU creates a comprehensive partnership among all three entities: at the port, 15 paid internships will be offered annually for Dominguez Hills students studying global logistics and related fields, and both campuses will partner with the port to incorporate additional on-site learning at the port operations and other facilities. POLA employees will also serve at both campuses as guest lecturers for select global logistics and related courses. At the campuses, the schools will work together to align their global logistics curricula and undergraduate courses, plus review and refine global logistics and related courses on an ongoing basis.

Both campuses will also consult with POLA annually regarding topics to be integrated into their courses, and will collaborate on an agreement to provide a formalized pathway for Harbor College global logistics students to transfer to CSUDH.