Free Logistics Tech Training Program Launched In Oakland County

Waterford, MI - Oakland County Michigan Works!, in partnership with Oakland Community College and PepsiCo, are offering free training to eligible participants interested in joining one of the fastest growing industries in southeast Michigan as certified logistics technicians.

From the automotive industry to e-commerce, job opportunities for logistics professionals are expected to grow four percent annually across the country, including this region, through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To qualify for the training program, a person must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, 17-24 years-old, and registered with the selective service (if applicable). Other eligibility factors may apply. One-on-one information sessions to learn more about the training program can be scheduled with Lina Gerchak, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 248-232-4187.

Upon completion of the eight-week Oakland NEXT training program, persons will earn certifications as a Foundational Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Mid-Level Technical CLT.

“Logistics professionals are more critical than ever, with supply chains and fulfillment companies delivering record volumes of goods across the world, including our region,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “This training program is designed to help prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of in-demand fields that provide long-term career paths with plenty of room for growth.”

Oakland County Michigan Works! Director Jennifer Llewellyn said the logistics technician training program is directly aligned with Oakland80, the county’s initiative that calls for 80 percent of eligible residents to have either an advanced certification or educational degree by 2030.

“This is an ambitious goal, but we expect the logistics technician training program and other similar opportunities offered through Oakland County Michigan Works! and partners like Oakland Community College and the private sector will motivate people who qualify to obtain the advanced skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the 21st century in Oakland County,” Llewellyn said.

The Logistics Technician training program includes e-learning, hands-on skill training and digital literacy courses covering the following:

  • Inventory Control
  • Quality Control
  • Product Storage
  • Hazardous Materials Handling
  • Global Supply Chain Logistics
  • Transportation Modes
  • Workplace Communications & Teamwork

Sandra Bachert, OCC director of economic and workforce development, said the Logistics Technician Training Program is a great option for someone interested in launching a career in supply chain management.

“In just ten short weeks, you will obtain two logistics certifications and begin a career pathway in a booming industry in southeast Michigan,” Bachert said. “Our program includes the skills to get started and being placed with a mentor to learn more about the endless career opportunities within the supply chain.”

Oakland County Michigan Works! operates service centers in Novi, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Troy and Waterford. Combined, they assist more than 105,000 job seekers annually. Services include career coaching, interviewing and job search workshops, placement assistance, training courses and job trend information.

The service centers also assist more than 3,000 employers seeking assistance with talent recruitment, apprenticeship programs, job fairs, candidate pre-screening, hiring and training support, layoff support and labor market data.

Service center staffs remain available by virtual appointment to work one-on-one with job seekers to build their resumes, prepare for job interviews and help address other needs. To schedule a virtual meeting, call 1-248-858-5520 and select the office nearest to you. The service centers are hosting several virtual workshops for job seekers. A schedule can be found at OaklandCountyMIWorks.com.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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