CITD Launch Second Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

Last December 2018, the first module of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) for Cargo and Freight Agent at Southwestern College concluded with the participation of eight apprentices. Apprentices from Casas International Brokerage, Inc. and Grupo- Logistics/Calexico Forwarding Inc. of California participating in the program. The second module started in January 2019 with Introduction to Business Logistics Management course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course instructor is Professor Bernardo Andrade, MBA, a long-term instructor of the Southwestern College International Logistics and Transportation Program and a Senior Logistics Manager at Dr. Bronner’s a top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America.

This second cohort of Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) includes 11 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in a hybrid format. Through the On-the-Job Training (OJT), apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation, which has different titles in the industry including Cargo Agent, Documentation Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International Brokerage,  Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa, Ruffo de Alba Forwarders, LP, Otay Logistics, Inc and VA San Diego Healthcare System.

The San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through a grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. The CITD collaborated with local employers in logistics and international trade to develop the program standards, which were approved by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit http://apprenticeship.sandiegocitd.org.

Growing Your International Sales On-Line

“Growing Your International Sales Online” workshop was presented on November 29, 2018. The main focus of the workshop was to address the importance of why to grow your sales, brand, and business internationally. It is estimated that the global online retail market (not including B2B) will be a $4 trillion dollar market in 2020, with 50%, or $2 trillion of the market in China. The workshop offered assistance in developing a platform to position your company to keep pace with your online international presence. Opportunities to learn how to leverage your online presence to increase your brand awareness, visibility, and sales in your international target markets were presented, including the importance of localized websites, social media, and the California State Trade Expansion Program. California announced exciting grant programs, to support online marketing. The CITD teamed up with IBT Online to educate small businesses on how to help your international prospects, customers and business partners find you, understand your company, and do business with you by giving them an online local user experience in their language(s) and market(s). The following topics were introduced:

  • reach new markets
  • be found and understood in target markets
  • generate leads & grow your international sales
  • B2C consumer influence, opinion, leadership, and engagement
  • grow your brand awareness, credibility, and trust
  • own and control your online presence
  • measure and manage your online success

Cross-Border Trade Supply Chain Forum “Trade for Growth”

The “Cross-Border Trade Supply Chain Forum with the theme of “Trade for Growth”, brought the Supply Chain Management Professionals community together to discuss the importance of the cross-border trade supply chains on November 27, 2018. The panelist included:  Peter Choi, Chosen Foods; Charlie Redden, Taylor Guitars; Rene Vizcarra, FedEx Trade Networks; Aron Davidson, U.S. Commercial Service; Eduardo Acosta, R.L. Jones / Otay Chamber of Commerce / MEXPORT; and were moderated by Joel Sutherland, Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute, at the University of San Diego. The Forum was the bi-annual collaborative event presented by CSCMP, APICS, and ISM.   The panel discussion concentrated on the success and modernization of cross-border trade with Mexico.  The Forum took place at SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and was sponsored by CSCMP, APICS, ISM and SDSU Center for International Business Education & Research.

Global Trade Update: USMCA, NAFTA 2.0, 232 and 301 Duties

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce with the support of the San Diego CITD presented a seminar and webinar last November about how the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) and 301 (Chinese Imports) duties will impact international companies’ operations. Presenter Steve Zisser, Esq, from Zisser Customs Law Group covered the following topics: What realistic mechanisms are there to deal with our new world of duties; Mexico “NAFTA” products may be subject to Chinese 301 duties; New USMCA rules of origin and automotive; New certificate of origin requirements; Strategies to prevent and avoid additional duties; Impact on other FTAs; and USMCA expiration.

NAFTA Becomes USMCA Seminar

NAFTA Becomes USMCA Seminar

CASAS International Brokerage, with the support of the San Diego CITD, hosted a seminar for its customers on how they can prepare for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will include adjustments to certain provisions of the previous trade agreement between the three countries, NAFTA.
The seminar was held at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa on November 13th, and featured guest speaker, Lic. Daniella Martinez. Lic. Martinez is considered one of the most relevant business consultants in foreign trade and customs in Mexico, and is the co-founder of Trade & Law College, as well as Managing Partner of TLC Asociados, a Tijuana-based law firm specializing in foreign trade and customs matters.
BlueTech Week 2018

BlueTech Week 2018

The 10th annual #BlueTechWeek, organized and hosted by The Maritime Alliance, brought together hundreds of participants from industry, government, and academia to highlight innovation in ocean and water-related technologies and industries. International leaders in industry and academia presented the current state and future for responsible sustainable development in the maritime industry. Participants also learned about international maritime clusters and the San Diego maritime technology community.
Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour

California Small Businesses Connect with Baja California Manufacturers During Industrial Tour

The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Baja California Secretary of Economic Development (SEDECO) and Ensenada Economic Development Corporation, led a tour of several manufacturing facilities for small businesses in the Southern California region. More than 20 participants—which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals—boarded a bus provided by SEDECO and participated in the Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour in Ensenada, Baja California. Companies participating in the event were recruited with the help of San Diego CITD partner, CMTC—a non-profit provider of manufacturing consulting services to California small and medium-sized manufacturers.

The tour began with a visit to the NAVICO/Lowrance Electronics of Mexico manufacturing plant in Ensenada.  NAVICO is Norwegian manufacturer of marine electronics and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with operations in 14 countries. As part of the tour of NAVICO’s facilities, participants were given an overview of the company and its current need for regional suppliers for a variety of components and services.

Once the tour of the NAVICO plant concluded, the group departed to Restaurante Madre—a recently opened restaurant in Ensenada by chef Miguel Bahena, who trained under well-known Baja chefs Benito Molina and Drew Deckman—to enjoy a lunch hosted by SEDECO. After lunch, the tour continued on to visit SUNPOWER/Sunpower Corporation Mexico, a leading manufacturer of solar panels for residential and commercial use. SunPower’s Ensenada plant, established in 2016 currently has 200 employees with plans to expand to 400. They also have a plant in the City of Mexicali with approximately 2,200 employees. The last stop on the tour was to Consolidated Precision Products (CPP). Founded in 1991, CPP has 19 facilities across the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and specializes in high-precision, geometrically complex aerospace components and sub-assemblies.

At each stop on the tour, participants had an opportunity to connect with plant managers and buyers to discuss supplier opportunities. The growth in manufacturing across the border has created a $13 billion supplier market within the Baja California manufacturing industry. The Baja Supplier Day Industrial tour was an activity of the San Diego CITD’s Border Export Program. Through tours like this and other activities, the CITD is creating opportunities for Southern California companies to become part of the supply chain in Baja California’s growing manufacturing sector.

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Launch First Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

The first cohort of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) was officially launched on October 15th with the start of the Principles of Importing and Exporting course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course is part of the apprenticeship program’s Related Supplemental Instruction, which is meant to enhance the on-the-job training (OJT) the apprentices receive through their employers.
This first cohort of SCLAP includes 8 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in the evenings. Through the OJT, apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation, which has different titles in the industry including Cargo Agent, Documentation Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International Brokerage and Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa.
 
The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT) and the San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through a grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. The DSNGT and CITD collaborated with local employers in logistics and international trade to develop the program standards, which were approved by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit http://apprenticeship.sandiegocitd.org.
CSCMP San Diego/Baja Roundtable Student-Executive Speed Networking Event

Speed Networking Event Helps Students Learn About Careers in Supply Chain Management

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable, in collaboration with local colleges and universities, organized the fourth installment of its innovative Student-Executive Speed Networking event. The event, which took place on October 24th at National University’s Spectrum Business Park Campus, is tailored specifically for students interested in careers in the supply chain management field and provides them with an opportunity to network with supply chain executives from leading companies in the San Diego region. Schools collaborating on this event included National University, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University – San Marcos, and Community Colleges in the region, represented by the DSN for Global Trade (DSNGT), Victor Castillo.
The event was kicked off with a welcome by CSCMP San Diego/Baja Roundtable chapter president, Michelle Schrock, and Timothy Pettit, Associate Professor and Academic Program Director for National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Management and MBA Specialization in Supply Chain Management. Executives in various supply chain management positions and industries who were invited to host tables then introduced themselves and their companies before the speed networking began.  During the event, 44 students from local colleges and universities, rotated through tables every 10 minutes and had the opportunity to hear from the executives, who provided an overview of their work experience, discussed career advice, and talked about growth opportunities in the industry. Executives hosting tables included: Kathie Calvin and Mike Marshall with ViaSat, Allen Vigil with Grupo Logisitcs, Nicole Allison with Raymond Handling Solutions, Rick Fritz with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Andy Torres with Southwest Motorcyles, Mike Famer – Financial Inventory Analyst, Ilene Tong with Tocagen, inc., and Michelle Schrock with WD-40.
DSNGT and CITD Director, Victor Castillo, also had an opportunity to speak to the students about the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program offered through the DSNGT/CITD. The SCPro Fundamentals program, backed by CSCMP, offers industry-recognized certifications in eight different tracks including Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, and Supply Management and Procurement. Each track offers a certification, however, a comprehensive certification is awarded if all eight are earned. For additional information on the SCPro Fundamentals program, go to www.sandiegocitd.org/scpro.
North County Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Global Trade

Local Educators Gain Insight On Career Opportunities For Their Students at Professional Development Event

Palomar College, in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT), Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing (DSNAM), and the CTE Regional Pathways Program, organized a professional development event for local educators interested in better understanding Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade in the region, and learning about career opportunities for their students in these growing industry sectors. Participants included more than 25 educators from high schools and community colleges in North San Diego County, as well as administrators, counselors, and workforce development professionals from Palomar College, Southwestern College, San Diego City College, and Grossmont College.

Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade Round Robin with Manufacturing EngineersThe event, which was held at Palomar College’s Rancho Bernardo Education Center, began with a welcome by Margie Fritch, Dean of Career Technical and Extended Education at Palomar College. Following Dean Fritch’s introduction, DSNGT, Victor Castillo, and DSNAM, Ed Smith, provided an overview of their sectors before introducing CTE Regional Pathways Program Industry Connections Coordinator, Monica Rosas, who talked about work-based learning opportunities that educators can incorporate into their classroom teaching. The meeting then transitioned to a round robin activity with manufacturing engineers from local companies who gave brief introductions, before rotating through the tables of educators to talk about typical job duties, industry certifications that are desired, education needed, skills employers look for, and why they love their career, among other topics related to careers in their field. The round robin engineers represented the following companies: Solar Turbines, NV5, General Atomics, Johnson Matthey , and Cohu/Delta Design.

Johnson Matthey Facilities TourAfter the round robin activity and networking lunch, a group of the participants departed for a tour of Johnson Matthey, a British manufacturer of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with facilities in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to the tour of its facilities, representatives from the company provided participants an overview of the company, its products and services, and the types of jobs they hire for locally.

Additional resources shared with participants throughout the day included: an overview of regional manufacturing and global trade labor market information, regional website with curriculum for global trade, events and work based learning activities, opportunities for high schools integrating careers across job sectors and regional event offerings for teachers and students.