(Columbia, S.C.) The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business and Midlands Technical College are now offering a transfer pathway that will facilitate MTC students transferring into the Moore School’s operations and supply chain program. The Moore School and MTC celebrated this new pathway with an event on Monday that featured remarks by MTC President Ron Rhames and Provost Barrie Kirk and UofSC Moore School Dean Peter Brews, among others.

 “This agreement marks yet another positive step by our two institutions against the background of undeniable opportunities and challenges,” Rhames said. “There is a growing need in the Midlands and across the state for college-graduate supply chain management professionals. Right here in South Carolina, there are multiple global manufacturers and logistics employers needing these skilled professionals. This articulation agreement is both timely and efficient as it creates a clear pathway for students to become part of the world-class supply chain manufacturing and technology industry in our region.”

In the first two years of the pathway, students enrolled at MTC will earn an associate in arts degree with a concentration in business before transferring to the Moore School for their third and fourth years of coursework.

The pathway was created, in part, because the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster than average job growth outlook in the operations and supply chain field, which globally employs individuals in diverse industries and businesses such as manufacturing, retail, aviation, health care, insurance, hospitality, and technology. A recent DHL Corporation study found that demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by an estimated six-to-one ratio.

Operations and supply chain “is in high demand and offers high salaries with careers in South Carolina,” Kirk said. “These students will graduate with so many opportunities in the future.”

 “This valuable pathway initiative will help us extend the benefits of cutting-edge operations and supply chain competencies to an economically diverse student population of our state, and thus expand the program’s direct contributions to the socio-economic development of South Carolina,” said Sanjay Ahire, Moore School professor of operations management and co-director of the UofSC Operations and Supply Chain Center, who led the design and implementation of the operations and supply chain program in 2006.

 Those interested in starting the operations and supply chain transfer pathway from MTC to the Moore School should contact Lee Hunt, MTC’s director of business programs, at 803-738-7778 or huntl@midlandstech.edu. 

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