In recent years, its strategic location and high quality workforce have turned Kern County, California into a logistics cluster. This success has created new opportunities for local residents and new challenges for the education system. Logistics is a critical industry for the state of California, and the number and type of supply chain career opportunities in Kern County is steadily rising.
Recently, the Kern County School District, in partnership with MHI, held a business education luncheon to address the growing supply chain labor needs of local industry. The meeting included representatives from many of the 40 major distribution centers within the county. It also included representatives from a number of local schools, community colleges, and universities.
According to Kern Economic Development Corporation, “Kern County’s transportation, logistics and advanced manufacturing industry has grown significantly in the past decade, thanks to companies like Frito-Lay, Bolthouse Farms, Target, Sears, IKEA and Famous Footwear. The industry employs over 25,000 people in key segments of distribution, including road, air, rail, logistics and warehousing and distributing product.“
“We need to ensure that our education system is preparing people for the jobs that are available, and to do what we need to have a partnership with local supply chain companies,” said Brian Miller, Assistant Principal for Kern High School District. “This luncheon was a great opportunity to get that discussion started.”
“Workforce challenges are one of the biggest concerns for our industry, as highlighted in the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics and in the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report,” said Daniel Stanton, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for MHI. “We’re excited to support this proactive collaboration in Kern County that could significantly improve the capabilities of their workforce.”
“MHI runs a number of programs focused on supporting education, including an annual Educators Summit
which will be held July 20-23 in Patterson, CA,” said Angela Jenkins, Career & Technical Education Coordinator for MHI. “We look forward to partnering with Kern County on this journey to enhance the CTE offerings in the Central Valley.”
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals.
For more information about MHI Career & Technical Education contact Angela Jenkins
, MHI CTE Education Coordinator.
The Kern High School District (KHSD) is headquartered in Bakersfield, California and serves the county of Kern located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The Kern High School District is California's largest 9-12 high school district with more than 35,000 students and 3,500 employees. Founded in 1893, the KHSD currently includes:
18 Comprehensive campuses
5 Alternative Education campuses
4 Special Education centers
3 Career Technical Education sites
1 Adult Education Center
1 Charter School
Contact: For more information on MHI activities and programming contact Carol Miller