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NJMEP receives funding from Walmart to train students

Cedar Knolls-based nonprofit New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program has received funding from Walmart to use toward a Certified Logistics Associate training for students at the Donald M. Payne School of Technology.

NJMEP will use monies from the Walmart funding to train 20 students and one teacher in the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Logistics Associate Program at the Donald M. Payne School of Technology in Newark starting on May 2.

NJMEP seeks to improve the profitability and competitiveness of New Jersey manufacturers.

“This program is a direct link between education and employment,” Patricia Moran, director of apprenticeships at NJMEP, said in a statement. “With a growing need for employable workers in the local manufacturing and logistics industries, this program is a great opportunity for students to develop skills and earn certification for employment.”

This training is done through NJMEP’s Pro-Action Educational Network, which leverages NJMEP’s unique market position as an intermediary organization. The program includes modules on global supply chain logistics, logistics environment, safety principles, safe material handling and equipment operation, material handling equipment, quality control principles, teamwork and workplace conduct, and work communication.

Those who complete the program and final certification exam will earn a nationally-recognized MSSC Certified Logistics Associate certification.

“If people want to get into the manufacturing and logistics industries, they need to look into this program,” Dicxiana Carbonell, assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction at Essex County Schools of Technology, said in a statement. “The industry is getting more competitive, and having this certification really sets you apart. This training will better prepare an applicant to move up through a company.”

In addition to technical skills, MSSC training and credentialing addresses cross-functional employability skills, such as communications, teamwork, customer awareness, and workplace conduct.

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