Grant to Develop Online Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
In June, CBAPP was awarded $42,000 by the CSU Commission on Extended Education to develop an online MBA concentration and online graduate-level certificate in global logistics and supply chain management. The programs will be launched in the fall in concert with the debut of the undergraduate, on-campus program of the same name, which was made possible by a $250,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant received in Sept. 2005.
For the past decade, CSUDH has become a leader in the world of online education, and the MBA Online program has stood at the head of that charge. With the debut of the new undergraduate Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program coming to CBAPP in the fall, it only made sense to expand this offering to the online and graduate-level communities who would greatly benefit from such programs. For people entrenched in careers in the logistics and supply chain industries, the MBA concentration and certificate will allow them to continue to advance their careers while completing the coursework at their convenience. In a growing field in need of qualified logistics and supply chain managers, the timing couldn’t be better.
CSUDH is particularly suited for such programs because of its proximity to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Scores of businesses in the South Bay are involved in these industries, and CBAPP has worked hard to bring their expertise into the development of the programs. In particular, CEOs, presidents, and other high-ranking executives in the field have joined Dean James Strong’s Business Advisory Board, which has helped shape the new offerings together with faculty such as Kenneth Poertner, director of graduate programs.The grant will provide funds for supply chain simulation software, a marketing campaign to promote the programs, and travel for administrators and faculty to meet with and attend industry and academic conferences. A requirement of the grant is that CBAPP promises to create seven new online graduate-level courses in global logistics and supply chain management, five of which will be needed for the concentration or certificate. The courses are projected to cost a total of $14,000.
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