The University of Houston College of Technology is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from Port Houston’s 2020 Community Grants Program to create innovative courses for students in the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program.
Funds gifted to the college will be used to embed curriculum from the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT), into an online learning platform for certificate courses. CILT is an established professional body that represents the transport and logistics industries worldwide. Through a strategic alliance, the UH Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program has been selected as the inaugural CILT Center in North America
In addition, the grant will pilot curriculum for students from Career and Technical Education High Schools and Community Colleges in the area. These certificates provide a pathway to support students’ educational and professional careers through the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology B.S. and M.S. degree programs
“Because the Port of Houston is an economic engine for the local, regional and state economy, it is relevant that our workforce has the necessary skills to keep our region competitive,” said Margaret Kidd, Supply Chain and Logistics Technology program director. Our program plays an integral part in preparing the next generation of workers.”
“Having identified gaps in skillsets and providing an educational platform to address those gaps, this project provides meaningful influence and is built with sustainability in mind, so that as Port of Houston operations expand, so does our educational outreach to targeted populations,” said Kidd.
Port Houston’s Community Grants Program is an initiative focused on investing resources into meaningful projects and programs to enhance local communities. As the local sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel, Port Houston plays an important role in the management of this 52-mile-long waterway, and was particularly interested in supporting programs or services that align with their current outreach priorities, such as economic and workforce development, environmental stewardship and community outreach.
The 2020 Community Grants Program gifted $250,000 in total, awarding nine entities that proposed meaningful projects and programs that enhance local communities, while advancing the mission and vision of the Port Houston 2020 Strategic Plan. Other 2020 recipients include: San Jacinto College, Ser Jobs, Juma Ventures, American Bird Conservancy, El Centro de Corazon, Capital Idea, Houston Zoo, and Scenic Houston.