Wake Tech Logistics Education Takes Off
Degree Program Addresses Demands of a Global Economy
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2010) - Wake Technical Community College is rolling out a degree program this fall that will help Triangle workers and businesses that transport products around the world.
Through the North Carolina Consortium for Logistics Education (NCCLE), Wake Tech is offering a two-year associate degree in Global Logistics Technology (GLT), as well as certificates and short-term training customized to meet the needs of area businesses. Wake Tech first brought the program to Wake County last fall, when it partnered with Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC). That partnership required students to take courses at both locations. Now, Wake Tech is offering the complete program, and courses are available both on campus and online.
In addition to VGCC and Wake Tech, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill is a founding member of the consortium, providing international research and expertise. Walter Martin, Director of Logistics Technology, works with industry representatives and recruits students for the program. "Our program equips students with the advanced skills necessary to compete for careers in distribution, warehousing, supply chain, transportation, customer service, retail, government, international, and manufacturing organizations," said Martin.
Students in the GLT program learn about supply chain collaboration, importing, exporting, and logistics technology. They also study how companies manage order fulfillment, purchase raw materials, manage warehouses, and arrange domestic and international transportation services. Martin is developing articulation agreements with four-year institutions for community college students who want to continue their logistics education.
For more information, please visit http://logistics.waketech.edu.
About the Kenan Institute: The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise offers research, educational programs and strategic planning to help companies and communities achieve their economic goals. It provides a neutral place where business, government, academia and civil society can collaborate to develop informed, practical and sustainable solutions to the competitive challenges they face. Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Hawkins Kenan founded the Kenan Institute at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1985 to promote private enterprise worldwide and leverage private-sector resources and expertise to serve the public interest.