The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2015 - (Page 47)
An Interactive Experience
GtCC gives students a hands-on introduction to logistics
BY STEVE GUGLIELMO
ifficulty attracting young, skilled labor is a plight that all MHEDA members are familiar
with. MHEDA's 4th Critical Impact Factor for 2015 states, "The industry is facing a shortage
of skilled labor and this trend will continue as existing employees retire. Additionally, skill
sets for the technicians in all industry segments are changing with increasing reliance on
systems and software diagnostic tools."
Part of the reason that the industry is
facing a shortage of skilled labor is an
inability to attract students to the industry during their high school and college
careers. It is a challenge that is shared
by colleges such as North Carolina's
Guilford Technical Community College.
"It's very difficult out of high school
to get students interested in what is
really a very viable and vibrant career,"
says Sam Chinnis, an associate professor at GTCC. "I think there's a disconnect with a lot of the parents of today's
youth who hear the words 'warehouse'
or 'distribution center' and think of it
as a dead-end job. We have to do a
better job of demonstrating the many
broad career paths available within the
logistics industry. It's an exciting field
but our job is to generate that excitement within a broader population."
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