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Community College Receives JPMorgan Chase Foundation Grant for Logistics

[ January 11, 2016   //   ]

A $45,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will allow Grand Rapids Community College to develop a certification program logistics as well as industrial sewing.

Bill Pink, vice president and dean of GRCC’s School of Workforce Development, said both programs are the result of requests from area employers.
“These programs are directly related to how GRCC continues to lend our ear to the needs of the business and industry community of West Michigan, and we will continually pay close attention to their voices as they share with us,” he said.

GRCC Workforce Training and the business department will work on the plan to add national logistics and supply chain certifications and classes to the curriculum. Felix Pereiro, business department chair and head of the Meijer Center for Business Studies, said demand and salaries for supply chain management professionals have increased.
“According to a recent survey, the average salary for logistics director/manager professionals increased to $109,760 in 2014, and this industry will need to fill about 1.4 million jobs — or about 270,000 annually — by 2018,” Pereiro said.
GRCC will work with a team that includes logistics employers and workforce representatives to establish a clear employment pathway from entry-level positions to jobs requiring associate and bachelor’s degrees.

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