Companies share hiring demands in supply chain and logistics at San Jacinto College Symposium

04.25.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

It's no secret that Houston is a hub for global product distribution, and with that, companies like Crane Worldwide Logistics look for the right people to fill the positions in supply chain management and logistics.

San Jacinto College recently hosted the seventh annual International Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Symposium to discuss the issues that are facing Houston companies in hiring for supply chain and logistics workers. The event featured keynote speaker Josh Jungwirth, regional vice president for Crane Worldwide Logistics' Houston Region, where he shared the industry's immediate demands that have resulted in the increase of the company's workforce to 240 employees, up from 180 in 2012.

"Industry in this city is growing very very quickly. Employment projections are high," said Jungwirth. "Supply chain management is a learned skill. It is critical to have employees who can come into the company with training and some experience related to purchasing and supply chain management. What I would like to see is more practical courses on moving cargo in addition to the customer side in purchasing and supply chain management."

A recent Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals survey revealed increasing employment opportunities in logistics, transportation, inventory management, cargo and freight, and demand planning. That is why San Jacinto College is playing a key role in the development of curriculum that will serve as a national model for supply chain management programs. The College is a part of a consortium of colleges working on a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, funded through the Department of Labor. Program goals include developing curriculum, enrolling 3,000 or more students into credit-bearing supply chain management certificate programs at any of the consortium schools.

"The only way we are going to have a workforce that is ready to meet this demand is by working collectively with two-year and four-year higher education institutions and with our industry stakeholders," said Margaret Kidd, project director of the TAACCCT grant, as well as the TAACCCT chair for the transportation curriculum design committee and co-chair of the national academic advisory board. "Supply chain management touches all of us in many different ways from entry-level positions to management positions, planning, warehousing, and strategic planning. For Houston and our country to remain competitive in the market, we have to train the workforce."

John Moseley, senior director of trade development for the Port of Houston Authority also presented at the symposium, where the following scholarships were announced: The Daniel M. Cassler International Business and Logistics Scholarship; the Channelview Ministry Team International Business and Logistics Scholarship; the International Community Builders International Business, Maritime and Logistics Scholarship; and the Robert Morgan Jr. International Business, Maritime and Logistics Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships will be available in Fall 2014 at https://sjcd.academicworks.com.

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.