Executive education programs in supply chain under way for 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Executive Programs’ 2013 series of open enrollment programs for professionals in supply chain management began this week with Achieving Supply Chain Transformation.

The executive education unit of the Penn State Smeal College of Business will offer seven programs featuring faculty from the college ranked No. 1 in supply chain education by professionals and academics. Multiple supply chain programs can be combined to earn certificates in Supply Chain Management, Leadership or Operational Excellence.

“These certificates are a great way to demonstrate your commitment and competencies in supply chain to your employer,” said Maria Taylor, managing director of Penn State Executive Programs. More than 400 certificates have been granted since the program was introduced in 2004.

“It’s critical for logisticians to understand the supply chain business practices to better support their organizational mission. The supply chain management programs have definitely helped me understand the supply chain industry better.”

-- Gerardo Sepulveda, executive education program participant

Gerardo Sepulveda, who works in supply chain logistics for the United States Southern Command in Miami, Fla., says the supply chain programs he has taken at Penn State have bolstered his career skills.

“It’s critical for logisticians to understand the supply chain business practices to better support their organizational mission,” said Sepulveda. “The supply chain management programs have definitely helped me understand the supply chain industry better.”

The on-site offerings through Penn State Executive Programs also provide valuable networking opportunities. Sepulveda says that the real life case studies and sharing of best practices among the participants make Penn State programs stand out.

“The open format of our programs adds an extra benefit to participants,” Taylor said. “In addition to the curriculum, they are networking among peers from a diverse array of companies and organizations, sharing ideas and best practices and learning from one another.”

“The open format of our programs adds an extra benefit to participants. In addition to the curriculum, they are networking among peers from a diverse array of companies and organizations, sharing ideas and best practices, and learning from one another.”

-- Maria Taylor, managing director, Penn State Executive Programs

And thanks to a recent $350,000 renovation of the program’s classroom facilities at the Executive Education Center on the Penn State University Park campus, participants now have access to a more interactive and collaborative technological environment.

The next program open for registration is Essentials of Supply Chain Management, which covers common terminology, inventory methodologies, distribution concepts and service performance tactics. It begins on April 8 at the Executive Education Center.

Programs in supply chain are offered twice each year in conjunction with the Smeal Center for Supply Chain Research and co-sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. To find out more about offerings from Penn State Executive Programs or to enroll, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/psep/ or call 800-311-6364.

About Penn State Executive Programs
As part of the Smeal College of Business, Penn State Executive Programs builds leadership and organizational capabilities to address organizations’ most pressing challenges. Custom and open-enrollment programs are offered in strategy and leadership, supply chain and finance. Penn State Executive Programs works with major multinational organizations and offers programs both on Penn State’s campus and all over the world. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/psep/.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013