Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

The continued growth of globalization and increased use of tracking technology has provided new employment opportunities across the globe. As a result, the supply chain management field is growing at a significant rate. In our region, job prospects are expected to continue. There are more than 80,000 jobs in the supply chain industry in the Charlotte region (source: North Carolina Center for Global Logistics) and as today’s baby boomer generation retires, even more job openings will become available in the years ahead. According to Fortune Magazine, 1.4 million supply chain workers were needed by 2018.

What You Will Learn

Supply chain management is the key to the competitive advantage of every industry across the world. It is a series of interconnected activities involving multiple organizations that relate to the transformation and movement of raw material to finished goods until they reach end users. Logistics, on the other hand, is a component of the supply chain management cycle that takes place within an organization and is key to the profitability of every organization. Logistics involves “getting the right product, in the right quantity, in the right condition, delivered to the right customer at the right place, at the right time and the right cost (“Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective”)." The supply chain industry is one of the fastest growing industries globally and is the second largest employment sector in the United States (

Our program will equip you with the critical thinking, written, and oral communication skills required for positions in distribution, transportation, warehousing, manufacturing, domestic and international procurement, materials management, inventory, international freight, import/export documentation, compliance, and logistics analysis. Graduates may be eligible to pursue professional credentials through APICS, AST&L, CSCMP, and ISM.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The core subjects in Central Piedmont's supply chain management degree match the employment opportunities available in today’s workforce. Through a combination of in-class instruction and practical workforce learning, our graduates are prepared to pursue nationally-recognized credentials and licenses. Our instructors have earned advanced degrees in their areas of expertise, have relevant professional experience, are connected to today’s business and industry, and provide the personal attention you need to succeed. Our classes are affordable and are offered on different campuses during the day, in the evenings, and online. You will also have the opportunity to gain leadership experience and participate in national competitions with Enactus.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science in supply chain management or a specialized certificate in global logistics technology. The college catalog details the supply chain management program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer supply chain management course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Supply Chain Management Program Requirements

    Entrance exams are not required to attend Central Piedmont, but minimum scores on placement exams are prerequisites to take certain supply chain management program courses. A minimum score on the mathematics placement exam is a prerequisite for the MAT (mathematics) course required in the associate. degree. A minimum score on the English placement exam is a prerequisite for all of the ENG (English) courses required in the associate degree. If you do not achieve the minimum scores, you will be required to complete certain developmental courses before being allowed to register for the curriculum courses in the area of study for which you did not score high enough. You should make an appointment to take these placement exams as soon as possible after submitting your Central Piedmont application. You will not be permitted to register for the required MAT and ENG curriculum courses unless you have achieved the minimum score on the appropriate placement exam or have successfully completed the appropriate advancement studies course(s). If you have completed relevant coursework at another institution, you may be able to put that credit toward your business degree. For detailed information on supply chain management course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    The associate degree consists of a minimum of 68 credit hours of courses. A student who attends full time and takes 15 - 16 hours per semester should be able to complete the program in two years, including one or two summer terms. You may also take classes part-time, but it will take longer to complete the degree.

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)
    • Online

    It is possible to complete the program by attending only evening classes. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Supply Chain Management Careers

    Graduates should qualify for positions in a wide range of supply chain and logistics positions in government agencies, manufacturing, and service organizations. Employment opportunities include entry-level distribution, planning, material management, warehousing, inventory, transportation, trucking operations, international freight, and logistics. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed supply chain management career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Supply Chain Management Scholarships

    In particular, students who plan to enroll in the supply chain management program should apply for the following Central Piedmont scholarships:

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  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Contact Shawn Allison.