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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2007

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE TO UH LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY GRADS
Degrees from Supply Chain and Logistics Program Recognized by American Society of Transportation and Logistics

HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2007 – Logistics is the second largest employment sector in the United States, and for 30 years, the University of Houston has prepared students for careers in this ever-growing field. Graduating students from the UH Supply Chain and Logistics Technology program now will be even better equipped to enter the workforce as their degrees can earn professional certifications from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL).

Students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in supply chain and logistics technology are now eligible to earn the Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) designation from ASTL, which is considered the transportation industry’s equivalent of accounting’s Certified Public Accountant title.

“An ASTL certification is recognized throughout the industry,” said Dan Cassler, program manager for UH’s Supply Chain and Logistics program. “Receiving both a UH supply chain and logistics degree and a certification is a value-added bonus for our students. It sets them apart from other logistics graduates, and many companies offer greater compensation to workers with an ASTL certification.”

To be eligible for the CTL certification, UH students must complete the required logistics technology curriculum, as well as the course, Principles of Macroeconomics. To receive the certification, graduating students must join ASTL and present their transcripts. Usually, three years of professional experience and the successful completion of a comprehensive exam must accompany a bachelor’s degree for a CTL certification. For UH supply chain and logistics graduates, however, the experience and exam requirements will be waived.

UH’s Supply Chain and Logistics Technology program is part of the College of Technology. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, the program also offers master’s degree in technology project management with a specialization in logistics. Graduates from the program can apply their knowledge and skills toward careers in sales, supply chain analysis, operations, international and domestic logistics, warehouse management, transportation management and inventory management.

“Students are our raison d'etre,” said William Fitzgibbon, dean of the College of Technology. “It is important that we be held accountable for providing programs that meet the highest standards of the industries that they support.”

For more information about the Logistics and Supply Chain Technology program, visit http://www.tech.uh.edu/Programs/Logistics_Technology/ or contact Cassler at 713-743-1330.

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