The School of Business’ already-acclaimed Supply Chain Management program has been approved as a major for the University’s School of Business, with an official start date of August 2010, the beginning of the 2010/11 academic year.
Previously a minor under the School of Business’ Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Supply Chain Management has been a part of the University’s undergraduate offerings since 2001.
“I am excited about the Clayton State Supply Chain program because we are in a very good position to meet the ever-growing demand in the industry,” says Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of the School of Business. “Our faculty work to prepare graduates to assume positions that allow them to contribute towards improving shareholder values.”
“Our program is not similar to the highly quantitative and engineering technology intensive logistics degree at Georgia Tech., nor is it one that is focused on transportation and intermodalism as offered by Georgia Southern,” says John Mascaritolo, director of Logistics Practices. “The supply chain program of study at Clayton State focuses on the overall concepts, methodologies and principles of global supply chain. It provides a wide scope of basic knowledge ideal for the employer to hire our students for the entry level supervisory/managerial positions without having to spend money on having to teach the basics.
“A college-educated workforce is at the very top of what companies look for when deciding whether to relocate to Georgia."
During the 2008/09 academic year, Mascaritolo enhanced the two course concentration into a supply chain minor program with four basic course offerings; Introduction of transportation and logistics management, Principles of supply chain management, Operations and warehouse management, and Global sourcing in supply chain management.
During that year, says Mascaritolo, the program took off favorably among the students as enrollment grew with each semester. In the 2009/10 academic year, the program grew with three more course offerings; Freight Management and costing, Financial Issues in Supply Chain Management, and Performance Measurement in Supply Chain Management, to meet the course requirements (21 credit hours) to become a major program.
“With that, we applied to the Board of Regents for approval to the major level,” says Mascaritolo. “The program was designed to be flexible with other majors within the School of Business and other schools at Clayton State, so Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance and Integrated Studies majors would be able to declare supply chain as their minor.”
“The supply chain management program not only prepares the student with a good solid foundation on supply chain management; it prepares them for entry into the industry,” adds Mascaritolo, who works closely in that regard with the Clayton State Office of Career Services.
Interested parties can contact Mascaritolo at (678) 466-4564 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the program.