L.O.G.I.C. Spotlight: Joan Brown

November 30, 2023

Joan Brown and her L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) classmates are just weeks away from graduating! It’s been a fulfilling experience for Joan so far.

Before enrolling in the program, Joan was a caretaker for children. She learned about L.O.G.I.C. through a flyer; she has always been interested in learning to operate a forklift so she thought it was “perfect” opportunity.

L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) is a 14-week training program, certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, that prepares students for careers in the warehousing/logistics industry.

Out of the workforce for over 20 years, Joan says, [the program] “helps you to get back in tune with what employers are looking for. It helps you to focus on what you really want, and set you on a path to do exactly what you want.”

Thanks to the support of Operations Instructor Lloyd Badson, Joan is learning how to use various pieces of warehouse machinery. She admits she was nervous to operate the equipment at first, “I was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ But the encouragement and his support helped me to push through.” The reach truck has quickly become her favorite piece of equipment to use.

Joan and her classmates all have the opportunity to earn four certifications including Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, OSHA-10 general industry  and forklift.

In addition to earning her credentials, Joan enjoys the camraderie of her fellow classmates. “I like that there is no judgment… there’s people from all backgrounds. There are older ones, younger ones, and there are people who made some mistakes in life. And we all are treated the same and equal, and we all help each other. There’s a lot of support. And this environment will help you to thrive.”

Upon graduation, Joan is ready to start her new career in the warehousing/logistics industry. She sees herself growing into a management position. “I am always looking to advance myself,” she points out.

For students considering the program, Joan’s advice, “Go for it.”

“First of all, the program is free which is a big help,” she adds. “And they they do make sure you succeed. They definitely make sure you succeed.”

“I’m grateful for the Food Bank. I’m grateful for everyone here, the instructors… the patience that they have with you, and they also help you find employment as well. So it’s not just you come to training and that’s it. They really truly make sure you succeed and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

The next L.OG.I.C. training class beings in Newark and Milford in January! To learn more, visit www.fbd.org/logic.



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