Webb Institute Awards 2016-17 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship


Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine crowley-scholarshipengineering, announced today that Hannah Wistort is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship . Webb Institute’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort, who is in the class of 2017, for her academic excellence and leadership skills.

Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students. She has also been the student representative to Webb’s Board of Trustees and is the co-chair of the Women of Webb. Her interests include workboat design, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling, and the energy sector. Upon graduation, Hannah is interested in joining the maritime industry and earning a professional engineer’s license.

To support this specialized, top-ranked institution, Crowley initiated the Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Webb in 2007 and has since given tens of thousands of dollars in support of the school’s students. Crowley’s involvement with Webb took on added significance in 2008 when the company acquired Jensen Maritime Consultants, a leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle. Many Webb graduates are currently employed by Crowley and Jensen in a number of disciplines from naval architecture and marine engineering, to vessel construction management and vessel operations.

“The Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program is a true testament to Crowley’s commitment to higher education and the future of the maritime industry,” said R. Keith Michel, president of Webb Institute. “Webb Institute is honored to continue its partnership with Crowley Maritime Corporation and this prestigious program that has generously chosen to highlight and support our students.”

In addition to supporting Webb through scholarships, Crowley and Jensen offer student internships and oftentimes employment opportunities after graduation.  The company also provides resources in support of student leadership development. In 2007, Crowley donated $250,000 to establish the Marty Johnson ’88 Leadership Fund, in honor of the late senior naval architect and 1988 Webb alumnus who tragically passed away while on salvage assignment for the company. Webb has publicly shown its appreciation to Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO, for the support he has provided to both Webb and the maritime industry, bestowing upon him an honorary doctorate degree during their 119th commencement ceremony in 2015.

FSCJ Program: Supply Chain Management

LINCS in Supply Chain Management

Wanted: Supply Chain Management Pros

The field of supply chain management is projected to grow 22% during the next 5 to 7 years – faster than many other fields. Because professionals knowledgeable about transportation, distribution, and logistics are needed in every industry, you can choose a field that is of interest to you. An industry certification, offered by one of the premier professional organizations, says “you got this”. Better yet, you can select a certification (or more than one) that fits your career goals and interests.”

National Certification Program (endorsed by CSCMP)

Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), validates a professional’s knowledge, skills and abilities in a defined role and area of expertise, based on predetermined standards. Individuals achieve certification credentials through specialized education, experience in a specialty area and a qualifying exam.

Certification is a profession’s official recognition of achievement, expertise and professional accomplishment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development to maintain.

Some of the most important purposes for credentialing programs include the following:

  • Meeting the needs of employers, practitioners and the public by identifying individuals with certain knowledge and skills
  • Assuring consumers that professionals have met standards of practice
  • Demonstrating an individual’s commitment to a profession and to lifelong learning
  • Providing an individual with a sense of pride and professional accomplishment

Reduced Time to Complete

Professional certifications test the knowledge you may already possess. All of the certifications require an exam to test that knowledge and can be taken at a local testing facility. LINCS has provided study materials and courses offered at select institutions to prepare LINCS participants for the certification exams. The LINCS certifications are designed to be acquired quickly.

Advance Your Career

CSCMP’s certification program distinguishes you among your peers as a recognized supply chain industry practitioner who has attained additional knowledge and operational skills needed today.

As the economy rebounds, the demand for experienced supply chain leaders with professional certifications is growing dramatically. When you receive an industry recognized certification, you prove to your current employer and the entire supply chain community that you have comprehensive knowledge. Certification adds to your marketability.

Can Lead to College Credit

Many nontraditional students can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies. Such learning — gained from experiences outside postsecondary education — often merits academic credit. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) provides a range of options from recognition of military and workforce training to national examinations and portfolio development. With more options comes the increased likelihood for greater numbers of learners to complete credentials. In today’s knowledge economy, postsecondary education is both more valued and more necessary than ever before. Achieving national attainment and economic goals will require that all high school graduates (including GED® and other high equivalency holders) are properly prepared for at least some postsecondary education and/or training.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers additional options to boost your academic and career development with a logistics and transportation technical certificate, supply chain management associate degree and a logistics bachelor’s degree.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service®. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Is It For Me?

All of us are “supply chain managers” at some point. Have you ever been in charge of a community event? If so, you needed to pull together things like tables and chairs, food, invitations, and clean up duties. Maybe your hobby is restoring antique furniture. To achieve this, you must identify and source the materials that were originally used, locate original components, identify the cheapest and quickest way to acquire these materials, trouble-shoot and problem-solve when you can’t find a specific part, and keep it all within a reasonable budget.

Think about your hobbies, your community involvement, or perhaps the responsibilities you’ve had in your work. You’ve probably used many of the skills needed to be successful in supply chain management:

  •  Problem-solving
  •  Project Management
  •  Understanding how to ‘source’ materials and services
  •  Ability to think on your feet
  •  Budgeting
  •  Communication

Whether you order a product, build it, move it, ship it, distribute it, or manage the coordination processes, you’re in supply chain management.

The education and industry partners engaged in this proposal are committed to working together to develop eight certification programs that align with the existing upper level industry-developed SCPro program from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Participants will have the flexibility to enter at any point of the knowledge continuum and advance from their current position into successively higher levels of the profession. These new certifications will build a foundation across all sectors of industry, better equipping supply chain partners to work together from a common knowledge base.

LINCS Supply Chain Management

This program was funded in whole by a $24.5M TAACCCT grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to the LINCS in Supply Chain Management consortium.

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UNF logistics program can help ‘find your bliss’

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From left, UNF instructor Brett Harper, David Stephens, Beth Stephens and instructor Ron Shamlaty are pictured at a ceremony for David Stephens’ Certification in Logistics and Transportation graduation.

David Stephens (right) shakes hands with Warren Taylor, an owner-operator truck driver for The Grimes Companies in Jacksonville. Special for Jobs
David Stephens said he was never discontent with the longtime truck-driving job that he voluntarily gave up this year.

But the 50-year-old Jacksonville resident was certain there was a more ideal career for him. As a newlywed, especially, he didn’t want to continue being away from home as much as four weeks at a time.

“You have to find your bliss in life,” he said.
Now he’s found it.

Stephens completed the six-month University of North Florida’s Certification in Logistics and Transportation (CTL) program and is now working as a driver resources coordinator for The Grimes Companies.

In his new position, Stephens has a key role with one of the Southeast’s leading logistics and transportation firms.

“I wanted to expand on what I knew, which was basically transportation, warehousing and logistics, and be able to go somewhere in life,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities out there in this town if people will take advantage of what is out there.”

CTL is an internationally recognized industry certification offered through the American Society for Transportation and Logistics. The UNF instructors are industry professionals who share best practices in costing and pricing and applying strategies to increase productivity. Supply chain management is moving the right items to the right customer at the right time by the most efficient means; the movement of cargo through the supply chain is also known as “logistics.”

Brett Harper, a lead instructor for the CTL program, said that the certification offers the same principles taught during a four-year degree program — but in “hyper-speed.”

“Not everybody can afford to go to a four-year university and some people are too far in their career to do that. So certification is filling that void,” he said. “You learn about the entire supply chain industry, not just one aspect.”

Among the benefit to program participants is that the instructors help the students make key supply chain management industry connections that may be utilized in their career path.

Nearly 350 people, many already working in logistics fields, have received the certification through UNF since the program began in 2009.

“We have people coming into the program who either want to change their career path or who are already in the industry and want to expand their knowledge,” Harper said. “The thing certifications do is give an educational level that people can’t get anyplace else. If you think about it, nobody grows up thinking about getting into warehousing and transportation.”

While the program covers topics ranging from inventory control to international logistics, it starts with a module on business.

“About $1.4 trillion is spent in the U.S. each year on logistics, so it is a business,” Harper said.

Lori Frederick, UNF’s continuing education director, said the program is helping employers fill key positions in the community, and that it’s especially filling a niche for people with military backgrounds.

“With the logistics industry experiencing such growth, the program is providing employers an opportunity to solidify or increase their market share by having employees who understand all aspects of the supply chain,” she said. “For the attendees, they feel like they are able to do their jobs better and realize the value of networking.”

At UNF, the CTL is offered through cohorts, which group students into the same classes throughout the program. Stephens said he particularly benefitted from and enjoyed the team-based learning experience, which enables classmates to build professional and personal relationships that will last a lifetime.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Stephens is philosophical about his upward career development in 2015.

“The difference between who you are and what you want to be is what you do today; my brother told me that,” he said.

Stephens said his wife, Beth, had a key role in him researching, enrolling and completing the program. The couple paid for the program out of pocket.

“We went into this together,” Beth Stephens said, “and I couldn’t be more proud of David.”

Harper, meanwhile, said Stephens was a model student.

“David was like a sponge, taking information in, on Day 1. It was clear that he came to learn,” he said.

New CTL programs begin in January and February. For more information, call (904) 620-4200 or visit http://www.unf.edu/ce/logistics.

Article featured in Jacksonville.com By Kevin Hogencamp Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 9:20 am | updated Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:13 pm


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