PASADENA, Texas, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- San Jacinto College is the first Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies (LINCS) consortium member to have students earn all eight CSCMP SCPro™ Fundamentals Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) certifications in the national LINCS Supply Chain Management Program. Three San Jacinto College LINCS Program students will receive a specialized certificate for their accomplishments from the official LINCS industry partner, CSCMP.
"We congratulate these outstanding students who've become certified in all eight certification tracks of CSCMP's SCPro™ Fundamentals," said Rick Blasgen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). "Earning these certifications demonstrates that they've gained the supply chain knowledge and 21st century skills they will need to advance their careers and remain competitive in today's marketplace. This accomplishment paves the way for these students to achieve success in their supply chain careers."
The San Jacinto LINCS program began in Spring 2015 and since then 371 CSCMP exams have been taken with a pass rate of approximately 72.7 percent. LINCS Program students include unemployed workers, veterans, students seeking an in-demand degree, and professionals looking for a career change. At San Jacinto College, a significant amount of younger and older skilled professionals have taken notice of the program. San Jacinto is the only college in Texas to offer the CSCMP certifications.
Currently, 153 students are enrolled in courses in the International Business, Logistics & Maritime Program at San Jacinto. The CSCMP Certifications have been embedded in the curriculum at San Jacinto College. The students spend 12 to 15 hours a week in the classroom and study on their own time to prepare for the CSCMP examinations. Houston is the nation's fourth largest city and offers many job opportunities for students in the logistics field. San Jacinto College is partnered with the University of Houston to offer a clear pathway for students interested in continuing their education and receiving a four-year degree in Logistics.
"Our recent accomplishment is exciting because our students have embraced the CSCMP process. They understand the value of distinguishing themselves professionally. Through our partnership with the Houston Area Urban League we are working with several other cohorts of students outside of San Jacinto College. One of those groups is the Supply-chain Industrial Distribution Organization (SIDO) at the University of Houston where each member has applied to participate in the LINCS program and act as mentors to our San Jacinto students," said Margaret Kidd, San Jacinto Project Director, TAACCCT LINCS Grant.
The LINCS program offers courses in eight industry-recognized certification tracks: customer service operations, demand planning, inventory management, manufacturing and service operations, supply chain management principles, supply management and procurement, transportation operations, and warehousing operations.
"After completing the eight certifications, I feel more prepared and qualified to work in the diverse and challenging field of logistics," said Christina Espinosa, San Jacinto College Program student.
The goal of the LINCS consortium is to provide education and certification opportunities for potential job applicants, including displaced workers, long-term unemployed workers, and veterans entering the workforce. Additionally, the program will serve workers who are presently employed, but require additional training to improve positions, increase wages and broaden career options; high school graduates who are currently enrolled in colleges or technical schools; and high school seniors who are undecided about what jobs or careers to pursue after high school graduation.
Additional information about LINCS is available to review at LINCSeducation.org, the San Jacinto College official website, and through updated posts on LINCS Supply Chain Management official social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About LINCS Supply Chain Management
LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies) is a national supply chain management education and certification program funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant. Certifications are earned through the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). LINCS is administered by a consortium of nine colleges and three universities led by a national team from Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. LINCS education and CSCMP certifications prepare participants desiring employment for a multitude of supply chain management positions across various functions of companies. For more information, please visit LINCSeducation.org.
Leslie J. Backus
National Principal Investigator
TAACCCT LINCS Grant | Broward College
T: (954) 201-8444
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