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 (supplychainopz.com).

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.

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.

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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    My Enactus QC

    My Enactus QC is a student organization which operates under the Division of Business and Accounting. It is designed as a natural extension of a student’s academic activities for a more enhanced learning process. Participating students approach their education with a greater sense of ownership and purpose. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup to experience excellence in competition, collaboration and celebration. My Enactus QC is the name of the Enactus club at Central Piedmont Community College. Our purpose is to enable progress through entrepreneurial action. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of My Enactus QC create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. We benefit students through: 

    • helping students develop their entrepreneurial talent and perspective
    • providing employer contacts and serving as a resume builder
    • extending beyond the classroom, helping students make a difference in their communities
    • global mindset

    College and university ENACTUS chapters have an opportunity to compete nationally in competitions that showcase how students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where teams showcase the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. The winners of these national competitions are then invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In the United States, the competition process begins with the National Exposition competition held in St. Louis, Missouri on May 15-17, 2016. After two days of activities progressing through the opening, semi-final and final rounds of competitions, one team will be named the Enactus United States National Champion and be invited to represent the United States at the Enactus World Cup. Interested students should complete a MyEnactus QC application form (PDF) and return to Mike Grier, faculty advisor, at mike.grier@cpcc.edu.

    Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment Partner Project with The Sycamore Project

    The Sycamore Project is operated by a woman who while extensively trained in the arts has struggled with fundamental and key business concepts. This has so far led to an inability to gain secure footing for the organization of which she is in charge to ensure that the excellent work that is done in the community continues. The successful empowerment of this entrepreneur will have a significant ripple effect in enhancing the quality of life of people she serves in the community.

    Project Concept

    The Sycamore Project provides dance, theater and film arts education primarily to youth in underserved communities and adults. The organization, which is headed by an arts trained female, has encountered difficulty with sustainability. While very well versed in the arts it is felt that the lack of sustainability is due to a lack of business and organizational skills. The project concept is to make the Sycamore Project sustainable.

    Project Execution

    The objective will be to infuse basic business and economic concepts and practices into the organization in an effort to re-direct it from one that operates from project to project to an ongoing operational design.

    The Harvey Cummings Project

    Harvey Cummings has compiled and employed a band (company) to run business as The Harvey Cummings Project. He has booked numerous events and related contracts since 2007. Harvey, a young entrepreneur has been stifled by an inability to engage sound managerial and accounting processes to ensure that his abilities and contracted employees can accomplish more with their company in the local and national music industry. Harvey Cummings II teaches free classes for students at local CMS schools and volunteers with his band by providing entertainment at community events. Successfully empowering this small business, The Harvey Cummings Project, will significantly enhance the lives of the company and all of the patrons and community members it serves. There will be nothing that prevents us from following up with our contact for this project as needed.

    Project Concept

    The Harvey Project provides live music of multiple genres for corporate events such as for the Carolina Panthers, the Congressional Black Congress and NASCAR to name a few. The band volunteers their time and talent to youth that would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn music, and in underserved communities. The organization is run by a classically trained with a dual degree yet has encountered difficulty with sustaining the business skills required for longevity in the industry. The project concept is to make the Harvey Cummings Project sustainable by implementing sound business and accounting practices and marketing efforts.

    Project Execution will include the following anticipated measurable outcomes:

    • A consistent established process for documenting accounting and contracts
    • Established processes to document media and marketing
    • A calendar of events routinely updated and placed with various media outlets
    Business and Accounting Student Leadership Series
    • this free event open to all Central Piedmont students is an immersive experience in various business and accounting discipline from which you will come away with a greater understanding of how the discipline relates to you personally and professionally. The series culminates with Business and Accounting Week.

    Business and Accounting Week

    Central Piedmont's Business and Accounting Week is an annual event, typically held each spring, that provides a deep-dive into hot topics in the business world that allows you to learn from and network with experienced industry professionals.

    Mock Interviews

    Benefit from interviews and feedback from industry professionals who are Central Piedmont business and accounting advisory board members.

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