New ACC business degree tackles logistics skill shortage

Austin Community College (ACC) is introducing a new career-technical program in spring to meet growing workforce demands for logistics and global supply chain management. Classes start in January.

The program prepares students for careers in transportation, warehousing, distribution, inventory control, purchasing, and international logistics. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management or a Level I certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Specialist. The certificate option allows quick entry into the field.

“Students will explore logistics principles and practices. It’s a skill set that area employers are seeking,” says Bill Louden, chair of the International Business Department, which oversees the program. The program is in the Business Area of Study.

The number of logistics and supply chain management jobs in Central Texas is projected to grow 47 percent over the next six years, three times the national average. Through 2022, the region is expected to add 750 jobs requiring the associate degree annually and another 590 entry-level jobs for individuals possessing a certificate annually.

“Students will graduate with the managerial skills employers are looking for,” Louden says. “We’re working with area businesses to ensure our students also get hands-on internship training opportunities.”

For more information, view the Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management webpage.

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