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Hey, Teacher! Leave Them Kids Alone!

By Art van Bodegraven | 01/17/2010 | 8:22 AM

It might appear that entirely too many young people in the U.S. have taken to heart the exhortation, "We don't need no education," from the Pink Floyd anthem, Another Brick In The Wall.  A friend recently admitted to interrviewing three Princeton candidates from a well-known private school.  Two were of Indian heritage and one was Iranian.

I won't wander into the swamp of comparative genetics, but will observe that environments in which learning and accomplishment are valued tend to produce scholars and achievers.

There may be good news in the world of logistics and supply chain managment, however.  As DC Velocity recently reported, logistics centers (and communities that aspire to be) are investing in relevant and focused workforce development (which is a code word for education).

Here in beautiful downtown Ohio, a coordinated and multi-tiered initiative is underway.  It involves universities, colleges, community colleges, high schools, and private sector companies in developing and delivering logistics education to students at all levels, as well as to adult learners (for either retraining or skills maintenance).  The objectives are self-serving - supporting local business development and economic growth.  And, it's working.

So, what are you doing to develop and enhance your workforce's knowledge base?  Could they be doing a better job with more training?  As important - maybe even more so - what are your supply chain partners doing in this arena?  Would improved skills help build a more capable and effective - and more competitive - end-to-end supply chain?

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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