Registration is open for a unique program at Long Beach City College launched nearly two years ago that gives students skills that could translate to a job at the Port of Long Beach or the maritime industry.
The classes cover the global logistics and supply chain industries; these classes generally require more education than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree. The classes are part of the Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus.
College and port officials launched the Maritime Center in August 2018 in the hope of giving people the chance to enter into port careers after a few months of training.
A 2017 report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates the logistics industry will need 69,910 replacement workers over the next five years.
The training prepares students for jobs in supply chain customer services, logistics, dispatching for logistics, supervisory transportation operations, international transportation and U.S. Customs and supervisory goods management.
The program, built to accommodate students who have jobs already, holds classes in the evenings and on Saturdays. Scholarships are also available to cover tuition.
According to LBCC, the industries these classes are targeted at are expected to grow in the coming years and require more workers in Southern California.
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