Few of us give much thought to what it takes to move food from the farm or processing plant to the table; or clothing from the manufacturer to the store's racks. It's all a part of logistics, the management and transportation of goods in a global economy.
Students at Tuscaloosa County's Brookwood High School now see logistics as a career option. With the Mercedes Benz plant in their backyard, they're able to see first-hand the opportunities logistics can provide right out of high school.
BLG Logistics is a company based in Germany. For the past two years, they've worked with a group of hand-selected seniors at Brookwood, teaching them the ins and outs of the business of logistics. The hope is thatatt the end of the school year, these students will be ready to go directly into the workforce.
Through the program, students spend three days a week in apprenticeship training in the classroom. At the end of the school day, they apply what they've learned at the work site. Since the program started last year, BLG has hired eight students right after graduation. Nine more students will graduate from the program later this week.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in logistics will grow by more than 20 percent by the year 2022. That's almost double the average growth rate for most occupations