SCLAP Apprentices Receive Their First SCPro Fundamentals Comprehensive Industry-Recognized Certificate from CSCMP

A group of apprentices from the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) for Cargo and Freight Agent at Southwestern College passed and received their first industry-recognized certification from the SCProTM Fundamentals Supply Chain Certification Program. This is a certificated program of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The first certificate was on Supply Chain Management Principles.

The apprentices, during the length of the program, will have the opportunity to earn the seven remaining industry-recognized certifications from CSCMP. The employers and apprentices benefit from ensuring that the Related Supplemental Instruction and their training align with industry standards. The educational benefits of acquiring these certifications assure national validation of student learning and a path to advance in their careers. Congratulations SCLAP Apprentices!

The Southwestern College SCLAP Apprenticeship Program Concludes the Second Module and the Third Cohort Started

The second module of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) for Cargo and Freight Agent at Southwestern College concluded with the participation of eleven apprentices. Apprentices from Casas International Brokerage, Inc. and Grupo- Logistics/Calexico Forwarding Inc. of California participated in the program. The second module included Introduction to Business Logistics Management course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. During the last session, the course instructor Professor Bernardo Andrade, MBA, a long-term instructor of the Southwestern College International Logistics and Transportation Program and a Senior Logistics Manager at Dr. Bronner’s, a top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America, stated the question: “Describe what was your favorite topic during our course and explain how would you use it and/or apply it to your daily professional life.“ Every apprentice provided their opinion of what this meant for them. Their comments were accurate and shared their experiences for the entire class.

The third cohort of Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) includes 12 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes two times a week. Through the On-the-Job Training (OJT), the apprentices are advancing and learning their competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International BrokerageRuffo de Alba Forwarders, LPOtay Logistics, Inc,   ODT Logistics, Inc, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa and VA San Diego Healthcare System.

The San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through the grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. SCLAP is an approved program by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit https://apprenticeship.sandiegocitd.org.

First Annual North County Apprenticeship & Vocational Career EXPO

The first annual North County Apprenticeship & Vocational Training Programs, Career EXPO at Palomar College was a collaboration of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Career Technical Education Department, Palomar College and the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The purpose of this event was to create awareness of San Diego’s apprenticeship and vocational training programs. Students from all north county high school districts and Palomar College participated in the Career Expo. The Expo provided an opportunity to promote apprenticeship and vocational programs and services to youth in the north county region. San Diego CITD’s Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP), which trains apprentices for the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation exhibited in the Career Expo. The event brought awareness to all of the amazing career opportunities and allowed 297 students from nine high schools and Palomar College to learn about these career pathways. Similar events will take place in San Marcos and Escondido in the following months at the San Marcos Future Fair on April 24, 2019, and at the Escondido USD CTE Career Fair on September 26, 2019. These events bring thousands of high school students, parents and community members together so they can learn about different career pathways including apprenticeship and training programs, colleges and universities. Both events serve as a great opportunity to promote apprenticeship programs.

CITD Launch Second Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

Last December 2018, the first module of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) for Cargo and Freight Agent at Southwestern College concluded with the participation of eight apprentices. Apprentices from Casas International Brokerage, Inc. and Grupo- Logistics/Calexico Forwarding Inc. of California participating in the program. The second module started in January 2019 with Introduction to Business Logistics Management course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course instructor is Professor Bernardo Andrade, MBA, a long-term instructor of the Southwestern College International Logistics and Transportation Program and a Senior Logistics Manager at Dr. Bronner’s a top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America.

This second cohort of Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) includes 11 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in a hybrid format. Through the On-the-Job Training (OJT), apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation, which has different titles in the industry including Cargo Agent, Documentation Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International Brokerage,  Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa, Ruffo de Alba Forwarders, LP, Otay Logistics, Inc and VA San Diego Healthcare System.

The San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through a grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. The CITD collaborated with local employers in logistics and international trade to develop the program standards, which were approved by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit https://apprenticeship.sandiegocitd.org.