Clayton State University is getting some help to advance its mission of preparing students to enter high-demand careers.
JDA Software, a leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors has donated two supply chain software programs to the University. The donation consists of Warehouse Management System and Supply Chain Pro software systems from JDA, as part of JDA’s University Gifting Program.
“The College of Business prides in its mission of preparing our graduates for professional careers. We stay true to our mission by partnering with employers and through an experience-based curriculum. This generous gift from JDA exemplifies the role of corporate partnership in helping us deliver an effective experiential curriculum to ensure that our supply chain graduates are career ready,” said Dr. Jacob Chacko, dean of the College of Business.
Clayton State will be the first institution under the University System of Georgia to incorporate this software into the curriculum.
The software programs will help close a gap identified by a number of recruiters and supply chain industry leaders who seek employees in neighboring states because of their exposure to supply chain technology in bachelors and master’s level degree programs.
The donation will give Clayton State a competitive advantage, training students who have a deep knowledge of the supply chain technology that drives efficiency and profitability.
“Employees with a strong background in planning and information systems are in high demand in today’s business environment. Giving the students an opportunity to develop skills in these types of planning systems is important to ensure future success in their careers. The addition of the JDA software to the classroom curriculum will be instrumental in the development of these skills,” said Dr. Craig Hill, professor of supply chain management and Charles S. Conklin Endowed Chair.
The University Gifting Program was established to expose students at leading academic institutions to JDA’s industry leading solutions. When students receive real-world training using the very same tools used in the field today, they gain valuable knowledge and experiences that will set them on a path to career success after graduation. They are better able to understand concepts by applying and developing career skills they have studied in their supply chain texts.
“We’re pleased to extend our software to students at Clayton State to give students the opportunity to practice real-world situations with hands-on training putting what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice. Students at universities such as Clayton State are what become the next generation of supply chain professionals and is what drives our University Gifting Program,” said Wayland Fox, senior director, product management, JDA.