Broward College has been awarded the single largest grant in its history and will lead a consortium of colleges and universities across the nation focused on supporting growth in logistics and supply chain management (SCM). The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that Broward College and 12 other schools will receive $24.5 million through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade. Broward College’s portion of the grant is $12.9 million, making it the largest grant in the College’s history.
“We are pleased to have been selected to be a leader in the development of supply chain management and logistics training,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “With this grant we can deliver high quality education consistently across the United States with industry-recognized credentials to ensure the future and a competitive edge for the supply chain management and logistics industry.”
Broward College will lead the “Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies” consortium and coordinate efforts with partnering colleges on developing a set of eight stackable and latticed credentials that will provide workers with skills suitable for entry and middle-level employment in supply chain management. Program content will be developed by the consortium’s university partners and delivered by consortium colleges through traditional, hybrid and on-line instruction. Industry-approved internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training are part of the program as well.
"Florida's workforce must be armed with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy," said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. "Broward College is leading an effort to train workers to be successful in supply chain management. The $24.5 million awarded to the consortium will go a long way in helping students and businesses succeed."
Consortium members include St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL; Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Long Beach Community College, Long Beach, CA; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA; Harper College, Palatine, IL; Rutgers University, Newark, NJ; Essex County College, Newark, NJ; Union Community College, Cranford, NJ; Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH; and San Jacinto Community College, Pasadena, TX.
The eight newly created industry recognized certifications will be based on an evidenced based design endorsed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). CSCMP has a leadership role in SCM, and the increase in domestic distribution and exports of U.S. manufactured goods.
“Increasing worker training will improve our nation’s competitive advantage in import and export of goods and services,” said CSCMP’s CEO Rick Blasgen.
For more information on the grant, contact Ellyn Drotzer, associate vice president resource development at 954-201-7493, or Merrie Meyers, grants development manager at Broward College, at 954-201-7484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on Supply Chain Management programs visit www.broward.edu/logistics
or call 954-201-8111.