Community members can now register for classes at Long Beach City College could lead them to higher paying jobs at the Port of Long Beach.

The short-term classes will cover the global logistics and supply chain industries in which jobs 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 and start in February at the Pacific Coast Campus.

College and Port officials launched the Maritime Center last August in the hope of giving people the chance to enter into port careers after a few months of training.

“This workforce training will help educate our community and students to learn cutting-edge skills and relevant knowledge to meet the needs of local employers, and to prepare them for careers in high-demand occupations,” said Sunny Zia, president of the LBCC Board of Trustees.

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, is scheduling classes in the evenings and on Saturdays. Each class will cost between $495 and $795, but scholarships will also be available.

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.

“Education is the key to building the workforce for the Port of the future,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue. “Through our education outreach, the Harbor Commission is committed to finding opportunities for local students to learn the skills and get the training they can use to help the Port of Long Beach thrive and grow.”

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