Remote learning at the Food Bank of Delaware has had its challenges, but it’s also presented opportunities, especially for L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) student, Christine Evenson.
Christine lives in Milford – about 60 miles south of the Food Bank’s headquarters in Newark where the L.O.G.I.C. training program is operated. With class meeting both in person and remotely, participation in the Delaware Department of Education certified trade school has been feasible for her. She makes the trek north a few times a week to work hands on with Operations Instruction Erik Klair learning how to operate end riders, lift trucks, order pickers and pallet jacks. When she isn’t on site in Newark, she is learning remotely from the comfort of her home.
Christine moved to Delaware in January from Tenneessee to take care of her elderly father.
“His health has gone down and it was easier for me to move than him,” she points out.
For 22 years she worked at St. Jude Children’s Reseach Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. as a research technician where she coordinated with different labs and ran tests.
“This is a completely different change for me,” she says. “When I first came here, I tried to find a job in the research field, but unless I was willing to move way from my dad, I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
Christine spent her free time volunteering at the Food Bank’s Milford branch. It was there she learned about the training program.
“When I first chose to go into a program, there weren’t that many options – a lot of classes were cancelled [due to the pandemic]. This was open,” she says.
For the past 9 weeks, Christine and her classmates have been learning the ins and outs of the logistics/operations industry. They have spent time both remotely and in-person learning about safety, inventory, equipment, customer service and much more. Their training also includes the opportunity to become OSHA-10 and forklift certified – Christine successfully passed both. Training concludes with a two-week paid work experience. Christine is currently doing her work experience at Burris Logistics.
“I think it’s a great program,” she says. “This program puts a lot of effort into making sure that everyone is comfortable and doing a good job.”
To learn more about the L.O.G.I.C. program, click here.