Earlier this year, the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and DSN for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) was awarded a grant from the Southwestern College Foundation to respond to the educational and training needs of Southwestern College students interested in careers in global trade, logistics, and supply chain management. The funding provided a cohort of students with the opportunity to access one of eight certification tracks of the SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification Program, offered through the Center for Supply Chain Education at Broward College, and coordinated locally by the CITD/DSNGTL. Students covered under the grant were provided access to the “Supply Chain Management Principles” online course and given the opportunity to take the exam on September 12th to earn a certification for that track. Six students successfully passed the exam and earned an industry-recognized certificate, which prepares them for entry to mid-level career opportunities in the field. The SCPro™ Fundamentals program and certifications are backed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a leading global association dedicated to the advancement of supply chain management professionals. Two of those students, Aranzazu Galvan Santana and Nylza Lujan (pictured above), are also completing internships with the CITD.

Without funding from the Southwestern College Foundation grant, students would have had to pay over $200 for the certification track and exam. The CITD/DSGTL is seeking additional funding opportunities that would allow these students, and others throughout the San Diego region, to access additional certification tracks at no cost to them. Students who pass the exams for all eight certification tracks in the program earn a special SCPro™ Fundamentals Comprehensive Certificate.