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Seeing ‘Tremendous Opportunity,’ Grossmont-Cuyamaca Adds Supply Chain Certificate Program

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Containers being unloaded at the Port of Long Beach. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will launch a new program in supply-chain logistics, a field that has taken on new resonance thanks to pandemic-era shortages.

The district partnered with business professionals across the region to develop the program, which kicks off for the fall semester that begins Aug. 22.

The 18-unit certificate program will be offered for credit as part of the district’s international business curriculum. To enroll, click here.

The East County Economic Development Council helped Grossmont College to identify employers that could aid in building the curriculum.

“We looked at the demand across our region for people with expertise in this field and realized that there’s a tremendous opportunity here,” said Javier Ayala, Grossmont’s dean of careers and workforce development.

The certificate program includes lessons and hands-on experience in global trade, supply-chain coordination, risk mitigation, import-export operations and strategic logistics management. Students will worked toward a Global Trade Operations Certificate of Achievement.

Disruptions in the supply chain have become common in the past two years and companies across the economy have struggled to keep up with consumer demands.

Production and shipping delays have been driven by labor shortages, global cyberattacks, fluctuations in the price of major commodities, diverging standards and regulations, tougher environmental regulations, an economic slowdown in China, and more.

“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us the need to adapt quickly to changes in the economy,” said Chancellor Lynn Neault. “This new program in supply chain logistics will help train professionals who can help firms manage the challenges they continue to face.” 

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