Moraine prepares to serve up supply chain breakfast

  • Written by By Kelly White

Supply chain management is becoming a popular area of study at Moraine Valley Community College.

The college will be hosting a supply chain breakfast titled “Forging New Links in Your Supply Chain” for students and current business men and women from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 on campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Building M, Room 2.

Supply chain management is the flow of goods and services. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

At the breakfast, moderated by Mike Johl, supply chain faculty and program coordinator at Moraine, attendees will be able to learn about trends, challenges and career path metrics in the logistics industry.

“We want to create awareness about the program for current practitioners and students enrolled in the program and those looking to enroll,” Johl said.

Johl has 38 years of experience as senior management, working as the region communication manager at UPS. He retired in 2008 and decided to continue a career path instilling the importance of supply chain management to others.

“Education has always been important to UPS and the company has been working alongside Moraine Valley for many years,” Johl said.

The UPS team offers part–time positions where employees can participate in the Education Assistance program. The program is available in most UPS locations across the nation and aims to tie education to career goals.

“UPS has been instrumental in shaping the program at Moraine Valley,” Johl said. “Instituting something like this to newer part-time supervisors gets them basic industry knowledge with the help they need to grow in their careers over time.”

The keynote speaker at the March breakfast will be Neil Reddy, executive director of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, which created the Certified Logistics Assistant and certified Logistics Technician certifications, among others at the college.

Other topics and panel members will be Robert Markatos, senior manager of Global Supply Chain at Ingredion, and Tim Bend, manager of Learning and Development at UPS Integrad. They will speak about training for tomorrow in the supply chain management world.

The program began at Moraine six years ago, according to Johl, who came to the college three years ago.

“The college has hosted supply chain events before but have not had one for a few years now,” Johl said.

Johl, along with department heads, is responsible for organizing the breakfast in hopes to spread the world about career opportunities available in the supply chain management field. The breakfast is anticipating from 50 to 100 attendees.

People who work in distribution, transportation, warehousing, shipping/receiving, dispatching professionals, business owners and managers, educations, supply chain students and economic developers are encouraged to attend this program.