Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Busi­ness de­buts sup­ply chain man­age­ment ma­jor

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Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Busi­ness has be­gun ac­cept­ing stu­dents into its brand-new sup­ply chain man­age­ment track for the fall 2019 se­mes­ter. Stu­dents who be­gin the pro­gram this fall will grad­u­ate with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion in sup­ply chain man­age­ment af­ter tak­ing 13 core busi­ness cour­ses in ad­di­tion to six re­quired sup­ply chain cour­ses in­clud­ing prin­ci­ples of sup­ply chain man­age­ment, prin­ci­ples of busi­ness lo­gis­tics, sup­ply chain an­a­lyt­ics and global trans­porta­tion man­age­ment.

As glob­al­iza­tion and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ad­vance, many com­pa­nies find that sup­ply chain ef­fi­ciency is im­por­tant to their com­pet­i­tive­ness and prof­itabil­ity. Match­ing sup­ply and de­mand and mov­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices through the sup­ply chain are im­por­tant chal­lenges for all busi­ness; thus, KU’s new sup­ply chain man­age­ment pro­gram pre­pares stu­dents for ca­reers in this grow­ing and re­gion­ally-rel­e­vant field.

Gary Chao, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, has been a lead­ing fig­ure in the Col­lege of Busi­ness’s ef­fort to im­ple­ment the sup­ply chain man­age­ment ma­jor.

With com­pa­nies in­vest­ing more and more money on in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and dis­tri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture in the Kutz­town area, Chao notes the lo­cal work­force is be­ing pre­sented with a plethora of op­por­tu­ni­ties. The rapid ex­pan­sion of ware­hous­ing, trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics firms both in the Le­high Val­ley and across the United States has greatly in­creased the need for sup­ply chain and lo­gis­tics-trained per­son­nel. The need for qual­i­fied stu­dents is sub­stan­tial, and this pro­vides an im­pact and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­nity for KU through this track.

All KU stu­dents may also elect to add sup­ply chain man­age­ment as a mi­nor. The mi­nor pro­gram in­cludes 18 se­mes­ter hours of re­quired cour­ses in the sup­ply chain field.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit KU’s sup­ply chain man­age­ment website or con­tact the KU De­part­ment of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sec­re­tary, Kim Kil­gus, at Kil­[email protected]­town.edu.

APRIL GAMIZ/THE MORN­ING CALL

Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Busi­ness has be­gun ac­cept­ing stu­dents into its brand-new sup­ply chain man­age­ment track for the fall 2019 se­mes­ter.

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