HANCEVILLE, ALA. –Wallace State Community College’s logistics training classes are growing in popularity since it was announced in October that the Alabama Community College System was partnering with the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSCC) for short-term manufacturing logistics training for students.

Wallace State offers the training each Tuesday and Thursday night. The training is a three-week course, and students completing the course earn a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and/or a Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification.

Charles Calvert, 62, of Cullman was among the first logistics completers last month. Calvert has been retired from Boeing Co. for four years and was searching for a new venture when the MSCC announcement was made.

“I saw the article on Facebook, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get training in an area I’m familiar with. This type of training is important, especially in the Cullman and North Alabama areas with all of the new companies rolling in. These jobs are in high demand. I found the training to be very beneficial,” said Calvert, who worked at Boeing for nearly 23 years in the government properties accountability department.

The second set of students to undergo logistics training is currently meeting each week. If you are interested in upcoming dates for the class, contact 256.352.7826 or email mandi.perkins@wallacestate.edu.

“We’ve reached out to local industries to let them know this training is available for those who have a desire for it. We’ve targeted logistics and distribution companies, and we’ve had people reach out to us who are interested in a career change,” said Wallace State’s Jamie Blackmon of the Job Placement Office. “We hope these classes become an asset to many people.”

It surely was for Calvert.

“I didn’t expect logistics classes to be taught this close to home, and I’m excited to see what will become of it. I can see it tremendously helping employers and employees of various companies,” Calvert said.

Class fee is $149, covering a textbook and a certification exam.

According to Barry May, the Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development for the Alabama Community College System, the average manufacturing worker earned wages at an average of $81,289 in 2015. On the other hand, six out of 10 manufacturing jobs in the state go unfilled because of a talent and skill shortage.

With these credentials, it will now allow completers to enter the workforce at a better pay scale than someone without the proper training.

For more information about workforce training opportunities at Wallace State, contact Austin Monk, Director of Workforce Development, at 256.352.7874 or email austin.monk@wallacestate.edu or visit www.wallacestate.edu.

 

Charles Calvert was among the students in the first class to earn his CLA/CLT certifications from Wallace State.

Charles Calvert was among the students in the first class to earn his CLA/CLT certifications from Wallace State.

 

Wallace State’s Amanda Watson Tillman instructs last week during the logistics short-term training class.

Wallace State’s Amanda Watson Tillman instructs last week during the logistics short-term training class.

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