The Certified Logistics Technician training program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) provides students with the opportunity to earn nationally recognized credentials in a fast paced industry that continues to grow as a result of the increasingly global economy.
The training program will take place on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC beginning Monday, Nov.
4, and ending Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Room 145 of Building 100. Classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“Most people do not realize that logistics is the second fastest growing industry in the country right now,” said Nick Sainato, instructor for the program and owner of M & S Logistics, Inc. in Calhoun. “I would have to say that the logistics industry offers some of the most stable employment of any industry in the country right now.”
The training program is composed of two 40 hour courses, associate and technician level, that include online and classroom training. The upcoming series of courses will be for the associate level.
Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain and are responsible for shipping and receiving items to and from specific sites – whether it’s to the other side of the warehouse, across the country, or to another part of the world. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.
Steve Evans, team member for the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Regional Distribution Center in Shannon, said that GNTC’s Certified Logistics Technician training program prepared him for a career change after working 30 years as an electrician.
“I was an electrician at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital and the hospital closed and there was no place to go,” said Mr. Evans. “So I went on the job hunt, found out about the logistics course, and thought there may be a career path here. Lowe’s happened to come along at the time I was taking the course and it was just like everything was fitting in place.”
GNTC offers the Certified Logistics Technician program as a certified training and assessment provider contracted with the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC), an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by front-line production and material handling workers.
“I had worked at a warehouse before, but not a warehouse chain,” said Evans. “As I took the course, it helped me understand the internals and background of how everything works in logistics and I applied it when I was hired at Lowe’s and it helped a lot.”
Individuals who are unemployed due to downsizing or closings may be eligible for a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) sponsorship to cover the cost of the course. To see if you qualify for these benefits, contact GNTC’s WIA office at 706/295-6840.
Forklift operator certification and employability skills instruction is also included in the training program. For more information, contact GNTC’s Office of Economic Development on the Floyd County Campus at 706/295-6957.