L.O.G.I.C. Student Spotlight: Ashley Mathis

July 27, 2021

Ashley Mathis is excited about the future. She and her fellow L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) classmates are currently in week five of their 11-week training program at the Food Bank of Delaware.

Ashley learned about the program through a job counselor at the Delaware Department of Correction’s work release program.

L.O.G.I.C. was the second chance she needed to jumpstart a new career. Thanks to the guidance of Operations Instructor Joe Cunha, Ashley is learning as much as she can about this booming industry.

“I can’t ask for a better instructor,” she said. “He works with us. He shows us. He doesn’t get frustrated.”

Previously, Ashley worked in kitchens, so the L.O.G.I.C. program is providing the skills and confidence she needs to get her foot in the door of a local warehouse.

Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, students are introduced to receiving, storing, restocking, picking, packing and quality control, loading and shipping, inventory control, transportation and customer service.

“It’s been excellent,” she says. “I just want to keep climbing the ladder. This is just the beginning.”

Thanks to the support of the Food Bank of Delaware team, Ashley and her classmates all receive a two-week paid work experience and job placement services as part of their training program.  In additon, they will have the opportunity to earn their OSHA-10 and forklift certifications and apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card to access places like the Port of Wilmington.

The next L.O.G.I.C. class begins on September 20 at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark warehouse. Ashley encourages others to take the step towards starting a new career. “It’s a great program, she explains. “Take advantage of all opportunities. It’s going to help you be better.”

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