2015 10 28 SLM Supply Chain Management MeetingSANFORD, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Florida business leaders and educators from the fields of supply chain management (SCM) and logistics recently came together at Seminole State College of Florida to talk about growth and trends in these industries.   The meeting comes as Seminole State launches its two-year degree program in the high-demand field of supply chain management. The College is the first public college or university in the Orlando region to offer an undergraduate degree in SCM.  

In addition to representatives from 15 Florida College System institutions, participants in the Florida Supply Chain Consortium included:  

  • Steve South, assistant director and procurement technical assistance center manager for the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida. South also works as a director for the Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Counsel, a trade association dedicated to reverse logistics. 
  • Samantha Cooke, Senior Sourcing Specialist for The Walt Disney Company in Theme Park Merchandise and Technical Design in the Accessories and Headwear categories.
  • Bridget Pepe, senior sourcing specialist for Universal Parks & Resorts, focusing on technical services supporting Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Alex Trauger, manager of long range planning for MetroPlan Orlando.  

“Our new Supply Chain Management Program is a direct result of requests from our industry advisory boards,” says Dr. Chris Beehner, program manager for Seminole State’s SCM program. ”This meeting of the minds helps our faculty stay abreast of this ever-changing field so our graduates are prepared.”  

According to Workforce Central Florida, over the next five years economic projections for the Central Florida region show growth in the supply chain management industry with an estimated 33,500+ job openings coming on line. These jobs will include positions for purchasing agents and managers, distribution managers, logisticians, management analysts and cost estimators. The average entry-level salary in Central Florida for these positions is more than $40,000 per year, according to federal data.  

Seminole State launched its Supply Chain Management Program in August. The meeting was held on Oct. 9 at Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.  

About Seminole State College of Florida:

Seminole State College of Florida is celebrating 50 years of changing lives. Since it was founded in 1965, Seminole State has awarded more than 90,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas. With more than 30,000 students at six locations, Seminole State offers 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

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