Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New Program for Students of Shipping

By Karen Robes Meeks

Thanks to a partnership between the Port of Long Beach and Long Beach City College, a new program has been created for students looking into a career in goods movement.

Long Beach Harbor Commissioners recently approved $60,000 to pay for the program’s first year of program as a pilot project.

The Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College will zero in on job programs in the global logistics and supply chain industries that need more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree, according to the port.

The Maritime Center will be teaming up with the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School on this outreach effort.

“Ports and other supply chain companies across the country and around the world are realizing the vital importance of developing a skilled maritime workforce to ensure the future of the goods movement industry,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “As always, the Port of Long Beach is in the education forefront.”

The training will concentrate on in-demand jobs such as warehouse and distribution supervisor, transportation supervisor, logistics and supply chain specialist, order processor, shipping and receiving clerk, and scheduler and operations coordinator.

“Long Beach City College (LBCC) and the Port of Long Beach have a strong partnership of working together to positively impact our community,” said Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan F. Romali. “At LBCC, we have been preparing our students to work in a complex global economy with ever-changing technology needs. This innovative partnership will truly change the lives of our students by providing them education and skills that will transition them from LBCC to the workforce.”