Areas of Focus
LEAP is a donor-supported fast-track certificate program to help promote increased participation from veterans, youth and unrepresented minorities to careers in supply chain and Logistics. Led by the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, the program was created in 2015 by a $350,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. toward the firm's global New Skills at Work initiative that promotes workforce development to bridge the gap between the talent employers need and the qualifications of the local talent pipeline.
Originally created for Metro Atlanta 16-24 year olds and veterans, the program prepares participants to compete for jobs and successful careers in supply chain and logistics. As an Equal Education Opportunity Institution, applications from veterans, underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged.
“The road to economic opportunity and prosperity begins with great preparation and we want to help our youth be ready to compete and secure jobs that will lead to a strong future,” said David Balos, market leader for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and head of commercial banking in the area.
Over the first two years of the program, SCL attracted more than 300 students to the program with tuition costs covered through the grant. Just beginning its third year (September 2017), the program is now accepting sponsorships for cohorts for students to take an online course and receive career-development support and participate in a career fair. Students who complete each course receive an industry-recognized certificate for the selected area(s). Organizations wanting to sponsor students through the LEAP program can learn more by reviewing the LEAP Sponsorship Opportunities flyer.
Students learn at their own pace. In addition to the course content, students will receive career coaching, resume advice, and participate in career opportunities.
We are accepting applications from participants who are part of the below initiatives/sponsorship programs. If you DO NOT meet criteria relating to the below programs, we encourage you to visit our Supply Chain Fundamentals online course offerings.
Newton County - Phase 2
Phase 2 is currently open to residents of Newton County, GA. Click here to apply.
RISE Academy Cohort (Covington, GA)
Must be a current student at RISE Academy in Newton, GA. Click here to apply.
Four main areas of instruction will be covered, based on input received from supply-chain intensive companies based in Atlanta, including Coca-Cola and UPS.
Students will be able to learn at their own pace while progressing toward certification. In addition to the course content, students will receive career coaching, resume advice, and participate in career opportunities.
Prepares students in the basics of supply chain and supply chain’s roles within organizations. The course includes defining supply chain management and the various domains within supply chain (i.e., customer service, manufacturing and service operations, order management, procurement and supply management, demand planning, inventory management, warehousing operations, and transportation operations). It includes an explanation of how the supply chain supports organizations’ strategic and financial goals.
Possible positions include: Purchasing clerk, material handler, cargo handler, logistics coordinator, merchandise buyer assistant, supply coordinator
Structured to prepare entry-level and supervisory-level employees in warehouse operations with a fundamental understanding of the physical, technological, process, and safety considerations of warehouse/distribution operations. Additional topics include: facility configuration, storage and handling techniques, metrics, customer service considerations, and the role of distribution operations in different industries. Includes exposure to bar-coding, picking and shipping processes, and storage and sorting systems.
Possible positions include: Warehouse supervisor, receiving clerk, forklift operator, pickers, packers, shippers, receivers
This course prepares students in the basics of transportation operations and the role of transportation within an organization’s overall supply chain. The course includes review of the key elements of transportation such as: modes of transportation, transportation technology, company roles and operations within the transportation field, the impact of transportation on the overall economy, sustainability in transportation, and how the field is evolving to meet future needs.
Possible positions include: Dispatcher, transportation clerk, route driver, package deliverer, scheduler, traffic clerk
This course prepares students in the basics of customer service operations and the role of customer service within an organization’s overall supply chain. The course includes presentations of the key elements of customer service including: the order management process, customer relationship management, management of challenging customers, effective customer communications, returns and reverse logistics, and performance metrics.
Possible positions include: Customer service agent, order management supervisor, order entry clerk
*Students can apply to take more than one course – pending course availability.
This program is made possible through a generous grant from