(Canton, Ga. – June 25, 2013) Purchasing has expanded its role over the last 50 years, according to Chattahoochee Technical College student Dean Ward. The Canton resident and Logistics and Supply Chain Management major at Chattahoochee Technical College was recently recognized for his paper on the topic by the approximately 600 members of the Association for Operations Management – Atlanta Chapter. Ward was honored at the group’s June dinner where he presented his paper to those in attendance.
“The topic explored the important function Purchasing plays in contributing to achieving strategic goals in today’s market leading organizations in the form of cost, quality and innovative competitive advantage,” said Ward. “Purchasing has evolved tremendously within the last 50 years from being a clerical function in the 1960’s to today being a critical strategic function within the organization.”
The paper was written for a course in Chattahoochee Technical College’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management program under Instructor Doug McElhaney. Offered primarily online, the degree level program includes classes in transportation, business logistics, purchasing, materials management, e-commerce, supply chain management, case studies and global supply chains. Focus areas will also include procurement, demand forecasting, distribution center management, dispatch and sales.
With a curriculum based on some of the top programs in the country, McElhaney says the program is ready to give students the knowledge and skills needed for jobs in the industry.
“Students want to major in areas where they can find employment,” he said. “This program closes that skills gap and prepares students for the future with skills that will last their entire career. We’re adding value to both the students’ lives and the industry with the best and most advanced classes, tools and methods available.”
Ward chose Chattahoochee Technical College’s program after being laid off as an IT professional in 2012. The father of one son served in the Air Force Reserves for 13 years as an Aero Medical Evacuation Technician and participated in the Gulf War in 1990-91.
“After much research and personal evaluation, I decided to leverage my IT experience with education / training in the Supply Chain / Logistics career field,” said Ward. “I choose Supply Chain /Logistics due to the excellent projection of job growth and opportunity in the near future, and the match to my technical experience, personal interests, and skills in business operations management. In other words, it was a good fit to my skills, interests, and background and is listed as a bright growth occupation. The reason I choose CTC was its’ innovative 2-year-degree offered, and the fact it was approved for the VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistance Program) where I receive a monthly benefit for full-time participation in a High Demand training program.”