New­ton cit­i­zens hear about LEAP pro­gram

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

Ap­prox­i­mately 100 peo­ple were on hand at the New­ton County His­toric Court­house July 10 to at­tend an in­for­ma­tional ses­sion on the Lo­gis­tics Ed­u­ca­tion And Path­ways (LEAP) New­ton pilot pro­gram. Six New­ton County cit­i­zens who have al­ready com­pleted course­work in the pro­gram re­ceived cer­tifi­cates from Ge­or­gia Tech ac­knowl­edg­ing their ac­com­plish­ments.

The LEAP pro­gram in New­ton County is a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Ge­or­gia Tech, the City of Cov­ing­ton, New­ton County, New­ton County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, The New­ton County School Sys­tem and the Cov­ing­ton New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The pro­gram con­sists of four on­line cour­ses in which stu­dents learn about Sup­ply Chain

Man­age­ment Prin­ci­ples, Ware­hous­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties, Trans­porta­tion Operations and Cus­tomer Ser­vice Operations. Stu­dents who com­plete the self-paced cour­ses are pre­pared to com­pete for jobs in the grow­ing lo­gis­tics field. Lo­gis­tics World de­fines “lo­gis­tics” as a “busi­ness plan­ning frame­work for the man­age­ment of ma­te­rial, ser­vice, in­for­ma­tion and cap­i­tal flows,” or sim­ply put, “Hav­ing the right thing at the right place at the right time.”

Ca­role Ben­nett, GT LEAP Outreach Co­or­di­na­tor, said, “What you learn in this pro­gram is not just what’s go­ing on in a lo­gis­tics job and how to do things, you will also be able to start ques­tion­ing ‘why’ you are do­ing things and the im­pact you will have in your role in the sup­ply chain.”

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Cov­ing­ton New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce, The Ge­or­gia Tech LEAP pilot pro­gram helps high school stu­dents, en­try level job seek­ers, peo­ple chang­ing ca­reers and veter­ans com­pete for jobs and suc­cess­ful ca­reers in sup­ply chain man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics. To qual­ify, ap­pli­cants must be res­i­dents from New­ton, Rock­dale, Wal­ton, Jasper, DeKalb or Mor­gan County. The first 100 ap­pli­cants had tu­ition waived. Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston told the re­cip­i­ents of the schol­ar­ships that their suc­cess will be tracked.

“I ex­pect 100 per­cent suc- cess, which means all of you have to grad­u­ate. What we want to do is use you one hun­dred to help peo­ple like me and the chair­man (BOC Chair­man Mar­cello Banes) change the en­tire com­mu­nity,” he said, “I hope that doesn’t bother you, but if it does, you will get used to it.”

In ad­di­tion to the on­line cour­ses, the pro­gram of­fers re­sume and ca­reer ad­vis­ing. Ge­or­gia Tech hosts “Sup­ply Chain” days on its cam­pus where stu­dents who com­plete course work have the op­por­tu­nity to meet with com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in hir­ing them.

Stu­dents who com­plete the cour­ses re­ceive a Ge­or­gia Tech Pro­fes­sional Ed­u­ca­tion course com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion units. They will also have a per­ma­nent Ge­or­gia Tech Pro­fes­sional Ed­u­ca­tion tran­script.

“This is a great ed­u­ca­tional tool for our county,” Banes said, “that Ge­or­gia Tech Pro­fes­sional Ed­u­ca­tion is part­ner­ing with the county and our cham­ber of com­merce will be a great help to our cit­i­zens as they work to get bet­ter qual­i­fied for some of the many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in New­ton County.”

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