MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
As the need for supply chain managers continue to grow, the focus on logistics education has become more urgent according to local officials attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Logistics Education Center at Albany Technical College Nov. 20.
Marine Corps Logistics Command and ATC formed a partnership that provides training in welding and the repair of armored vehicles to employees at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Maintenance Center Albany. With a significant increase in student enrollment, ATC has outgrown their current building.
The new two-story Logistics Education Center will be comprised of 37,000 square feet and will also house the culinary arts program and restaurant, student activities and student center, college board room and the campus library. The building will be completed in January 2011.
According to Dr. Anthony Parker, president, ATC, several employees are already enrolled in the associate’s degree program, which is also offered 100 percent online. Many of the instructors are current and former active duty Marines.
“This is a great opportunity for additional employees at Maintenance Center Albany, Marines and other civilian personnel to begin the program here and continue at Albany State University. We will now be able to teach more people and reach out with the degree program to other places like Barstow, Calif., and Blount Island Command,” Parker said.
The benefit to the students will be a larger space that is no longer cramped. They can also get a hot meal from a real working restaurant that will be run by culinary arts students, who will cook and serve their dishes.
“A growing education base gives the community and our employees an additional opportunity to improve skills and knowledge. The strategic partnership between Albany State and Albany Tech in logistics education is good for everyone. This new facility will give a logistics education a special place to call home in this community,” said Michael T. Madden, executive deputy, LOGCOM.
Parker said this new building will allow ATC to expand other areas of the campus by moving the students around.
“There are more than 100 students currently enrolled in the logistics education program, but being able to build this facility will allow us to increase to 400 or more. ASUR has the center for advanced logistics and we are a part of that. United Parcel Service, Federal Express and other logisticians and supply chain managers are a part of this effort as well,” he said.
Parker added that ATC is not only trying to maximize the quality of their logistics program to support the military, but to develop and improve a logistics program that will also support the civilian industry to encourage supply and call centers and other businesses to locate here in Southwest Georgia.