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College creates supply chain program

January 11, 2019
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Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, founded in 1914, offers degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes in Kent and Ottawa counties.

A local college has created a new program to prepare students for supply chain management.

Grand Rapids Community College said last month it is now offering the 30-week program Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate to prepare people to manage the transport and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.

After finishing the program, GRCC said students should be prepared to apply for certification, which would allow them to start immediately in the workforce as production, planning and expediting clerks.

Students may also apply the credits earned toward an associate degree in business or other programs, or they can then pursue bachelor’s degrees in supply chain management or logistics.

Pam Miller, associate dean for GRCC’s School of Workforce Development, said the program also provides area businesses the ability to offer their employees additional professional development and continuing education opportunities

"Every sector of industry is seeking entry-level workers with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic field of supply chain management," Miller said. "GRCC is uniquely positioned to address this employment gap by attracting new talent to the field."

The new certificate builds upon a non-credit program offered through GRCC Job Training, which the college launched in 2016 with a grant from JPMorgan Chase.

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