Mountain View College
Logistics and manufacturing certificates for existing and new employees at the local facility of an international logistics company
OHL is one of the largest companies in the world, providing third-party — or outsourced — logistics services to customers for all or part of their supply chain management functions. OHL has more than 130 locations and 7,000 employees worldwide and an international office in Grapevine.
The company’s goal was to create a more qualified local workforce by giving employees the opportunity to earn industry-standard certifications, with Mountain View providing Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certifications in logistics and manufacturing. Selected company positions include quality assurance coordinators, inventory specialists, operators, and operator supervisors and leads.
Texas Workforce Commission awarded a Skills Development Fund grant in the amount of $339,535 for one year of technical certification training with an emphasis in logistics manufacturing for a three-company consortium in which OHL is the primary client, receiving $171,000 of that amount. The grant pays for instruction, books, tuition, administration and some supplies and materials.
Certifications for 67 new and incumbent employees included Certified Logistics Associate, Certified Logistics Technician and Warehouse Distribution Center Logistics Manager. Additional courses included manufacturing and materials processing, warehouse and distribution management training, professional development, supervision and cultural diversity in the workplace. The college also arranged certifications for electric pallet jack and forklift operations in partnership with The Forklift Academy and now offers this curriculum as ongoing continuing education training.
The college approached the company to be a grant partner with the Texas Workforce Commission, providing free workforce training to meet manufacturing job demand for skilled workers. To meet OHL’s immediate need to train employees in industry certifications, Mountain View College became an official Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certification Center and hired a certified instructor.
Mountain View is committed to keeping efficient account and grant managers in place to continue and enhance professional partnerships with businesses, workforce boards and commissions.
Of the 67 OHL employees participating in the training program, 48 were new hires and 19 were incumbent workers upgrading job positions. Each trainee will be awarded a 5 percent wage increase upon completion of the courses.
Grants, particularly those through the Texas Workforce Commission, are a cost-effective way to meet workforce training demand by creating certification programs such as this one through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
This grant will allow our employees to develop, grow and continue to expand. ... Dallas is a hot market for logistics, and this will give them the opportunity to advance and apply for jobs that they probably couldn’t have before.
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