Ohio Supply Chain Academic Network (O-SCAN)
The Supply Chain Management (SCM) industry has notoriously had an issue with being mostly unknown. Many of those in the industry “fell” into it, coming from another industry or segment. Many don’t know what we do.
The misnomer is that SCM is forklifts and cardboard boxes and trucks. While that’s a small part, it’s just scratching the surface. It’s also collaborative robots, automation, procurement, operations planning, data analysis, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, ride-sharing, smart cities, smart streets, smart busses, imports and exports, connected vehicles, drones, pipelines, ships, planes…and even someday hyperloop.
The rise of eCommerce and everything being delivered to our homes has highlighted the importance, and proliferation of Supply Chain Management. As such, this has created a tremendous need for a large, smart workforce.
Career Awareness is critical for the future of SCM. Our K-12 Partners need to know what we do. Our Industry Partners need to know how to connect to their local schools. And the corresponding service sector needs to know how to connect the two. This is what O-SCAN wants to fix!
“Working with O-SCAN gives CRLC members the opportunity to connect directly with educational partners in the region. With streamlined communication, O-SCAN allows organization a space to share ideas for collaboration and partnership. Any logistics organization or educational partner that wants to connect can rely on this group to bridge the gap, a major win for the future workforce and any supply chain initiatives statewide.”
– Zakee Bashir, Manager, Columbus Region Logistics Council (CRLC)
“Participating in O-SCAN provides an opportunity for our district to connect with industry and post-secondary partners that help us continue to develop relevant career pathway exploration experiences for our students and families. Our team is continuously learning about workforce needs and training opportunities in a vital industry sector in Ohio and is excited to connect our students and families with this information.”
– Anne Baldwin, Career Tech and College Readiness Coordinator, Westerville City Schools
“O-SCAN has created a valuable venue for MORPC to engage with a comprehensive network of freight and logistics experts. Through O-SCAN, MORPC has a direct channel of collaboration with supply-chain businesses, academic institutions at the forefront of workforce development, and various public agencies responsible for the maintenance and development of freight multimodal infrastructure. Within its short life, O-SCAN has led to valuable relationships and expertise-sharing in a multidimensional way.”
– Dina López, MORPC Strategic Projects Manager