News Feature

Castine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 18, 2021
MMA’s business logistics program offers hands-on, real-world training

The current national supply chain crisis has highlighted the need for an increased number of supply chain logistics workers, both in the U.S. and abroad. Maine Maritime Academy’s International Business and Logistics (IBL) degree program is using hands-on education from expert faculty members to train the next generation of supply chain logistics professionals through the only logistics degree program of its kind available in New England, according to a press release.

The IBL program uses immersive education to provide students with experience in global commerce and marine transportation. MMA’s logistics lab allows students to gain real-world supply chain management experience by working with a simulated production line, warehouse operation and inventory system. Students prepare for real-world scenarios and common supply chain issues, which equips them to use innovative solutions to solve these problems in the workforce upon graduation.

According to the release, many MMA graduates are currently working in the supply chain logistics industry to combat the current supply chain shortages throughout the nation.

“Our graduates have more than a basic understanding of logistics networks; they are problem solvers,” said David Sorich, assistant professor of International Business and Logistics. “We have alumni with specialized expertise working in the areas of Shipping, Port Operations, Warehousing, Rail Carriers and Motor Transportation.”

“When issues in the supply chain arise, they are the ones identifying the causes and developing solutions to satisfy customer requirements,” Sorich explained. “During this current crisis our graduates are using their skills and talents to improve port operation efficiency to clear the back log of waiting cargo ships, reviewing alternatives to ‘normal operations’ and reevaluating motor transport.”

“Effectively managing today’s historically disrupted global supply chain would not be possible without agile leadership skills and practical knowledge learned at the Academy,” said Jay Harris, president of Komar Distribution Services and a 1973 graduate of MMA. “In my experience, our graduates’ ability to apply knowledge and solve real world logistical challenges is unparalleled.”

To learn more about the academy’s International Business and Logistics program, visit mainemaritime.edu.