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Supply Chain Management/Logistics Program - Ivy Tech
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   Dr. Sherry Shipley, Dean, School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain Management
   Ivy Tech Community College, IN



Ivy Tech’s Supply Chain Management/Logistics program prepares students to enter the workforce with the skills demanded to meet critical Indiana workforce needs. The program addresses the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, analysis, and finished goods. Students are able to study and become familiar with the high tech information systems used to track goods and increase efficiencies. Over the past 3 years, the Supply Chain Management/Logistics program at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette campus has seen a 136% increase in enrollment in this high demand/high wage field. This growth is a direct result of the intentional and tactical partnerships and strategies listed below:

  • K-12 initiatives.
  • Integration of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Relevant, continuous, and timely curriculum updates.
  • Business connections/relationship building.
  • Network of industry groups.

We also emphasize accessibility to the program and have worked to remove barriers for students to complete short term credentials. Pre-requisite courses are not required for our Certificate in Supply Chain and students do not have to test into college level math or English to complete the short term Certificate program. Students may then directly enter the workforce or continue on to an Associate’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management as our degree structures stack into the next level. Our Associate’s Degree also transfers into the Supply Chain Management Bachelor’s Degree program at Purdue University (among others) so that students have multiple pathways upon entering our program.

We have seen the most significant growth in our short term Certificate program, primarily from working adult students that are employed with our workforce partners. Instructors provide access to target training for specific certification exams. Courses in the short term certificate pathway also apply toward technical certificates and associate degrees. Value-added relationships with our statewide business community, industry leaders, K-12 stakeholders, and partner colleges and universities have paid off in higher enrollment numbers, increased job placement for graduates, grant opportunities, and a strong presence in the regional workforce ecosystem.

With enrollment showing no sign of slowing down, continued inquiries and asks from workforce for employees and interns, sustained grant and budget funding, and most importantly, successful, gainfully employed graduates, we are proud to share how our partnerships and collaborations have resulted in positive economic impact and a model that is scalable and replicable.

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