San Jacinto College part of national grant to train more in supply chain management
03.23.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Margaret Kidd serves as the San Jacinto College project director of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, as well as the TAACCCT chair for the transportation curriculum design committee and co-chair of the national academic advisory board. Submitted photo.
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College is playing a key role in the development of curriculum that would 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, providing credentials for approximately 2,400 supply chain management students, placing 1,784 graduates in jobs, and providing transfers for 900 graduates into four-year universities.
"Because of the globalization of trade, individuals specialized in the area of supply chain management are in huge demand, yet are hard to come by," said Margaret Kidd, San Jacinto College project director of the TAACCCT grant, who also serves as the TAACCCT chair for the transportation curriculum design committee and co-chair of the national academic advisory board. Kidd added that employment in transportation and warehousing is expected to grow at the rate of approximately 15 percent by 2018 within the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Area. A recent Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals survey revealed increasing employment opportunities in logistics, transportation, inventory management, cargo and freight, and demand planning.
San Jacinto College received $559,008 of the $24,513,413 TAACCCT grant to create the supply chain management curriculum. The College also is collaborating with local partners, including Workforce Solutions and regional Veterans Administration, and has received a letter of Letter of Support from the Foreign Trade Export Packing Company. On April 22, the College will host a Symposium for the International Business, Maritime, and Logistics Department, where approximately 125 regional industry, political, higher education, and nonprofit executives are anticipated to attend.
"Our geographical location here creates a unique opportunity for our students to seek supply chain management internships and jobs with companies, but first, let's give them the tools," said Kidd.
Broward College is the TAACCCT consortium leader. Consortium members include San Jacinto College, Columbus State Community College, Essex County College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harper College, Long Beach City College, Rutgers University, St. Petersburg College, Union County College, and Northwestern University.
“Partnering with a national consortium focuses a spotlight on San Jacinto College as a leader in logistics education,” said Michael Moore, director of the Office of Grants Management. “Margaret Kidd is taking a leadership role to develop national standards in a high-demand occupation.”
About San Jacinto College
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.