Curtis Bridges and his classmates are entering week eight of their 11-week training program, L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control).
Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, the training program prepares students for careers in the warehousing/logistics industry.
Curtis learned about the program thanks to re-entry staff at the Delaware Department of Correction’s Plummer Center. At first he signed up for the Food Bank of Delaware’s Delaware Food Works culinary training program, but changed his mind when he later learned about L.O.G.I.C.
“Being on the forklift and in the warehouse industry and moving my career forwared piqued my interest,” he says.
Under the guidance of Warehouse Instructor Joe Cunha, Curtis has been learning how to pick orders and operate equipment like the reach truck, pallet jack and forklift. “It’s just cool,” he explains. “I like it.”
At the end of the 11 week program, Curtis and his classmates will have had the opportunity to earn both their OSHA-10 and forklift certifications. Over the course of the program, students are introduced to receiving, storing, restocking, picking, packing and quality control, loading and shipping, inventory control, transportation and customer service.
In addition to the fundamentals of the industry, students also develop life skills with Workforce Training Program Manager Lisa Grinnage. Topics such as conflict resolution, teamwork, communication, resume, writing, interviewing and more are focused on.
Curtis is determined to move forward with his career and not let his past dictate his future. “I come in every day, I study, I’m on my game,” he says.
The next 11-week training session begins at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark on Monday, June 21. Curtis’ advise to potential students, especially those who may come through the Plummer Center, “If you like money, and you want a good career to stick to and stay out of trouble, then this is what you should do.”
To learn more about L.O.G.I.C. or to apply online for the free training program, click here.