Union County College is one of the first Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies (LINCS) consortium members to have students earn all eight of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) SCPro™ Fundamentals certifications in the national LINCS Supply Chain Management Program. Two Union County College LINCS Program students, Theodore Freedman of Elizabeth and US Army Veteran Jose Brito of Plainfield, received a specialized certificate for their accomplishments from the official LINCS industry partner, CSCMP.
“We congratulate these outstanding students who’ve become certified in all eight certification tracks of CSCMP’s SCPro™ Fundamentals,” said Rick Blasgen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). “Earning these certifications demonstrates that they’ve gained the supply chain knowledge and 21st century skills they will need to advance their careers and remain competitive in today’s marketplace. This accomplishment paves the way for these students to achieve success in their supply chain careers.”
The LINCS program began in June 2015 and since then 57 students have earned 119 CSCMP certifications. LINCS Program students include unemployed workers, veterans, students seeking an in-demand degree, and professionals looking for a career change. Union County College is one of only two colleges in New Jersey to offer the CSCMP certifications. Currently, at Union County College there are 172 students enrolled in the LINCS Supply Chain Management Certification Program. Students typically spend 40 hours in the classroom and study on their own time to prepare for the CSCMP examinations.
“At Union County College, we are providing training in essential areas of supply chain management that will prepare our students for entry-level and mid-level positions in the field. Our program will enable participants to be more competitive in gaining employment. We are targeting unemployed and displaced workers, the underemployed and veterans. The large number of students who have enrolled in our program demonstrates their interest in entering or advancing in this field. We commend all of the students who have received CSCMP certifications with special recognition to those students who have received all eight certifications” said Dr. Barbara Gaba, Union County College Provost, Elizabeth Campus & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The LINCS program offers courses in various formats including traditional, online and hybrid instruction and encompasses 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.
Freedman said the program exceeded his expectations because it was a challenge. He feels that this will make him perform better in the workplace. “I’m grateful for Union County College, the College offers great tools and resources in terms of personnel and the course materials. I’ll be taking more courses in the future.” Brito stated that, “…the program was very helpful. This program is a stepping stone but a very crucial one. Supply chain management is a very big field and in high demand.”
The goal of the LINCS consortium is to provide education and certification opportunities for potential job applicants, including displaced workers, long-term unemployed workers, and veterans entering the workforce. Additionally, the program will serve workers who are presently employed, but require additional training to improve positions, increase wages and broaden career options; high school graduates who are currently enrolled in colleges or technical schools; and high school seniors who are undecided about what jobs or careers to pursue after high school graduation.
Additional information about LINCS is available to review at LINCSeducation.org, the Union County College official website, and through updated posts on LINCS Supply Chain Management official social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About LINCS Supply Chain Management
LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies) is a national supply chain management education and certification program funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant. Certifications are earned through the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). LINCS is administered by a consortium of nine colleges and three universities led by a national team from Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. LINCS education and CSCMP certifications prepare participants desiring employment for a multitude of supply chain management positions across various functions of companies. For more information, please visit LINCSeducation.org.