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Morganton, NC –Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), in partnership with Burke Development, Inc., announces the graduation of seven participants from its first Logistics Technician Certification class. Shown are graduates (front, l-r) Toni Wade, Sorine Jille Buendia, Barbara Williams, Stephanie Smith, and (back, l-r): WPCC Director of Customized Training and Lead Instructor Nick Saturno, Laura Gwyn, Cheryl VanBuskirk, and Beverly Pettry. The 96-hour program is a unique new training program designed to provide students with enhanced career opportunities in supply chain management, and to provide Burke County manufacturers with a world-class logistics workforce.

Developed using industry-based skill standards and national certification programs, logistics skill surveys, and feedback from area manufacturers, the program has garnered the recommendation of the Burke County Manufacturers Executive Council, as well as many leading local manufacturing companies. Successful program completers receive a solid base of fundamental supply chain knowledge, and preparation to further develop industry-specific logistics skills. The Logistics Certification program consists of six core categories including Product Receiving, Packaging and Shipment, Inventory Control, Material Handling, Safety and Warehouse Management Systems.

Each program participant has the opportunity to obtain the Certified Logistics Technician (CLTAE) Certification. The CLTAE’s purpose is to recognize individuals through certification who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of material handling at the front-line through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CLTAE certification program is to raise the level of performance of logistics workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness. The program consists of two parts, the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) Certificate and the mid-level technical CLT Certification.

Of the seven graduates, six obtained their full CLTAE and one obtaining a Certified Logistics Associate Certification. In addition, all participants earned certifications in NC Career Readiness, OSHA 10 Hour, Forklift, Hazardous Materials Transportation, First Aid and CPR.

To learn more about the Logistics program and other training opportunities beginning this Fall, please contact Peggy Byrd at (828) 448-5299.

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.