Harper College and Prologis open enrollment for a new training program that will reskill workers for supply chain and logistics jobs
Palatine, IL (December 14, 2020) – Harper College, a premier community college in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, announces a new free training program with Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in logistics real estate, designed to provide rapid skills training for workers in the Chicago region for careers in transportation, distribution and logistics sectors.
With demand for skilled logistics workers at an all-time high, training can help job candidates learn more about the industry and position them for success. Developed in partnership with JFF (Jobs for the Future), a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems, the new online curriculum will help job candidates learn fundamentals of e-commerce, supply chain and inventory management, safety, and other key skills required for logistics careers.
“As workers face an unprecedented and historic employment crisis, there’s a heightened need for short-term training programs that prepare individuals for new opportunities,” said Cristina Willard, manager of Continuing Professional Education at Harper College. “This collaboration with the local logistics sector delivers timely, free training to help workers find their next career step and develop in-demand technical and professional skills.”
The need for skilled logistics workers has never been greater, driven by consumers shopping online. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the logistics industry is expected to grow by 4.8% in Illinois from 2018 to 2028.
The online Prologis Warehousing and Distribution Program provides self-paced, 30- to 45-minute courses that can be taken via a mobile app or on a computer and are designed to be accessible for adults of all ages and education levels. Additional training is available in professional skills, such as communication, and career development skills, such as resume-building and interviewing.
The Chicago region is one of seven communities selected by Prologis and JFF to offer the online training and connect interested workers with regional employment opportunities in the industry.
“At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to find work, the logistics industry can provide a stepping stone to stable employment and long-term career opportunities,” said Steven Hussain, director of community workforce programs at Prologis. “This new initiative is focused on creating an accelerated pathway to careers in logistics while addressing hiring demand for the fastest growing employers in the region.”
For more information on this initiative and to get started with training today, please visit logisticscareers.prologis.com. Additional information can be found on the Harper College Continuing Professional Education website at harpercollege.edu/pro, by emailing [email protected], or calling 847-925-6770.
Harper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges, serving approximately 35,000 credit and non-credit students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The college’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities through a wide variety of associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, community education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs. Harper has become a national leader in student success by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning the college’s curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards. For more information, visit harpercollege.edu.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of September 30, 2020, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 976 million square feet (91 million square meters) in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern logistics facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,500 customers principally across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment.