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New USC Program to Fill Supply Chain Talent Gap

book and appleWhere there are gaps, there are opportunities. It is estimated that over the next five to ten years, roughly 200,000 supply chain management jobs will go unfulfilled because of a lack of trained professionals. The USC Marshall School of Business is stepping in to do something about that, launching an online master’s degree program in global supply chain management this fall in the United States and abroad. Francesca di Meglio writes for BusinessWeek about what this will entail. The program will last 15 months and cost $40,000, and the Marshall School hopes employers will sponsor students since the skills they will be learning are so vital to what employers need right now. Qualifications for enrollment will be competitive: Aiming to enroll about 40 students, the school is relying on human resource managers at various companies in the countries in question to help it recruit. Potential students will have to complete an application that demonstrates they have earned good grades and a degree from a rigorous undergraduate program, have good references, a minimum of two years of work experience, and leadership qualities. Although they will not have to take the GMAT or TOEFL to enroll, they will have to demonstrate their communication skills in an admissions interview. The real hook of the program is that it combines experiential, face-to-face, and distance-learning opportunities for the widest possible learning. All classes will be filmed and accessible later at any time, and faculty will answer questions through email and Skype. Students will be able to earn certification in Lean Six Sigma, which in spite of sounding like a codename for a Navy SEAL team is actually specialized training into how to be more profitable and efficient. At the end of the first semester and included in the cost, students will even travel to Singapore to study their supply chain management. This new USC program stands to make a big difference in the lives of its students, and employers should be eager to see what sorts of prospective employees it produces. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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