WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at West Orange High School (WOHS) recently sponsored a presentation on Supply Chain Management as part of its consideration to add the course to its current career course options.

In addition to the rigorous academic curriculums offered at WOHS, the CTE Department provides several programs aligned with the national Career Clusters Framework. Courses fall under Business Education, Family and Consumer Science and Technical Education.

Students completing the state-approved CTE programs at WOHS receive industry-standard certifications and dual-credit opportunities with colleges and universities.

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Supply Chain Management (SCM) is defined as “the management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products.” It involves the “active streamlining of a business' supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

Several colleges have recently begun to add SCM to its roster of courses, including Rutgers University. Trained supply chain managers are in such high demand that Rutgers has a 95 percent placement rate within three months of graduation, and a starting salary of approximately $70,000.

Guest speakers for the event included Thomas Barcola, who has worked with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for the past five years to establish the SCM program, and Micah Bender, who works as a teacher-trainer in SCM for the NJDOE.

The other two speakers were Chris Shevlin, one of the first graduates of the program in New Jersey and WOHS Class of 2010 alumnus Nicholas Mercado. Shevlin is an entrepreneur who manages the rapper Dre Miller and founded SevenThreeTwo Entertainment, and Mercado is part of the Global Risk Management team for the world’s largest beverage company.

The speakers discussed their backgrounds and successes in the field, and encouraged the students to consider a career in SCM, noting that travel and advancement opportunities were a normal part of the job.

In addition to SCM, the high school is also researching cyber security, fashion and STEM as possible CTE programs.

The current CTE programs at WOHS are:

Architecture

Broadcast Journalism

Child Development

Cisco Academy

Culinary Arts

Entrepreneurship

Finance: Accounting

Health Sciences

Graphic Design