FSCJ LINCS Students among First to Earn All SCPro™ Fundamentals Certifications

The LINCS Supply Chain Management Program at FSCJ administers the courses needed to earn the CSCMP certifications.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The following Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) students are among the first group of college students in the United States to earn all eight SCPro™ Fundamentals certifications awarded by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP):
· Ramona Federico
· Mark Krancer
· Joseph Larsen
· James West
· Michael West

The LINCS Supply Chain Management Program at FSCJ administers the courses needed to earn the CSCMP certifications. LINCS stands for Leveraging, Integrating, Networking and Coordinating Supplies. It is funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

“Employers are focused on hiring graduates that have gone beyond just getting a degree in a discipline; certifications demonstrate specialization in their chosen industry,” said Philip Seely, program manager of the TAACCCT LINCS grant at FSCJ. “Students who position themselves with specialized certifications stand out from the average and have a much higher likelihood of securing a prime position.”

The LINCS program includes the eight industry-recognized certification tracks: customer service operations; demand planning, inventory management; manufacturing and service operations; supply chain management principles; supply management and procurement; transportation operations; and warehousing operations.

Many of the students in the FSCJ LINCS program are seeking a second career and degree, while others include unemployed workers, first-time students and military veterans. Students may graduate from the program with an associate degree in supply chain management or receive their Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S) in Logistics.

The demand for more workers in supply chain management is steadily increasing as such factors as an aging workforce, increased trade from Asia, the Panama Canal expansion and the new free-trade pacts play a part in what’s happening in the industry.

FSCJ is a part of a consortium of nine colleges and three universities that was awarded a portion of the TAACCCT grant to develop a national curriculum, enroll students into a credit-bearing supply chain management degree plan, provide credentials and place graduates in jobs and/or provide transfers into four-year universities.

For more information about the FSCJ TAACCCT LINCS program and the supply chain management and logistics program, visit fscj.edu/lincs.

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