An information session presented April 18 at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center gave soldiers who attended insight into the career training opportunities offered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT).
The CLTT provides a competitive advantage to logistics and supply chain industry and government agencies through its multidisciplinary activities in logistics, trade and transportation, including its online Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation (MSLTT), graduate certificates in economic development and logistics, applied research activities and networking events.
The MSLTT is an interdisciplinary program comprised of 30 credit hours and can be completed in one year. Its coursework, offered in a flexible hybrid format that includes online and in-person learning experiences, provides its graduates with the tools and critical understanding of supply chain management, economics, finances and the practice of contemporary global air, maritime and land transportation systems.
CLTT Director Dr. Tulio Sulbaran said he was pleased with the response from soldiers interested in the program at the information session, and hopes more will take advantage of the program’s opportunities that allow them to advance their education while carrying out their military duties.
“We’ve worked with Camp Shelby personnel for the last several months and the interest in our MSLT has been tremendous,” said Sulbaran. “In fact, there are even soldiers from different parts of the state that drove a couple of hours to participate in this information session, and the number of officers registered for the event surpassed the capacity of the original location.”
Sulbaran was joined by Southern Miss Associate Provost Dr. William Powell, who discussed the relevance of the applied program to the soldiers’ current duties as they relate to logistics and transportation, its pertinence for careers outside the military and its flexibility in course delivery.
“The possibilities within the MSLLT program for personnel at Camp Shelby serve as another example of the university's cooperative outreach to individuals serving in the military,” Powell said.
Camp Shelby Education Services Office John Junkins said the MSLTT is a perfect fit for many soldiers currently engaged in logistics practices as part of their daily assignments, and who want to continue in that field after they complete the military service. “This program should also prove beneficial to those transitioning into civilian logistics careers,” he said.
Major Craig Sumrall, who serves as mobilization officer for Camp Shelby, is completing requirements for the MSLTT this semester and will graduate May 10. Like Junkins, he believes it is a good fit for military personnel already working in logistics who are looking for a graduate program to help them advance in that field as civilians. He also sees the potential for new logistics and transportation jobs becoming available with the expansion of the Port of Gulfport.
“The CLTT offers great educational opportunities, not only with the master’s degree but also its economic development and logistics certificates,” Sumrall said. “I started the master’s program last June. The online and executive session formats are perfect for working professionals, and the instructors are very helpful.”
For more information about the Southern Miss Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, visit www.usm.edu/logistics-trade-transportation.