STATE COLLEGE, Penn. – Fifty-one civilian and military members have earned supply chain management certificates over three one-week courses at Penn State University in the last 4 years.
Supervisors can nominate people serving in positions with Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise competency requirements for education opportunities in the program. There are nearly 700 positions with JDDE competency requirements in the Command.
Air Force Lt. Col Tom Doan, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and currently working in the Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics directorate, known as the J5/4 at USTRANSCOM, finished the program and earned the certificate in just over two months.
“I came to TRANSCOM without a full understanding of supply chain issues. This program has opened my eyes to the potential of our commercial partners and greatly improved the breadth of options to finding distribution solutions,” said Doan.
Diana Roach, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, and Command Change Management lead, Office of the Chief of Staff, encourages supervisors to update their staff’s JDDE learning plan at least once each year with an eye toward finding the best opportunities to develop in their current role and grow in their career field.
“The JDDE Education Program provides individuals with knowledge and skills they need to better support the critical mission of coordinating and synchronizing distribution for the Department of Defense.” said Roach.
Options range from one to two-day seminars taught at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to two to three week residential programs at several of the top ranking universities in the U.S. in the logistics field: Penn State, Michigan State, and Saint Louis University to name a few, and offer supply chain management certificates, change management, lean, or other qualifications for distribution related professional education.
Students earn nine credit hours for the cumulative three weeks of the Penn State seminar study. Another benefit is collaboration with commercial industry personnel also attending the seminar study – students spend about a third of the time in small group breakout sessions to accentuate interaction and allow for debriefing with expert facilitation from the Penn State faculty and guest instructors.
Dr. John Langley serves as the director of the Processes and Tools for Supply Chain Success program and is a clinical professor of Supply Chain Management on the faculty of Penn State. He believes military and civilian members from USTRANSCOM add valuable operational spice to the class.
“The course material applies to all types of organizations. Sound processes can change bad results to good ones. The military [uniformed and civilians] members are among the most dedicated in the seminars and are great participants to work with in the classroom,” said Langley.
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