Five students who have spent the last 11 weeks learning the ins and outs of the logistics/operations industry have successfully completed the Food Bank of Delaware’s L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) program. Their accomplishments were celebrated this morning at the Food Bank of Delaware’s new headquarters at 222 Lake Drive in Newark.
The graduates are Johana Britt, Daniel Henry, Anthony Mason, Lyndon Ramsey and Michael Walley II.
Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, L.O.G.I.C. prepares students for careers in the warehousing/logistics industry. Students trained in the warehouse of the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark and learned to use major equipment like end riders, lift trucks, order pickers and pallet jacks.
All of the graduates have received an OSHA-10 general industry certificate. Students also had the opportunity to become forklift certified.
Commissioner Trinidad Navarro of the Delaware Department of Insurance provided keynote remarks for the ceremony. “You are all very capable of doing great things,” he advised. “Take this gift that they [the Food Bank of Delaware] gave you. You have a chance to be great, but you have to believe in yourselves.”
Erik Klair, Operations Instructor, offered his praise to the students. “You are destined to do great things,” he said. Workforce Training Program Manager Lisa Grinnage said the students “have all brought something special to me.”
Graduate Johana Britt received the class’ most improved award. and said she plans to use her new career opportunities to change her community. “This is only my beginning,” she said.
Lyndon Ramsey received the class’ highest GPA and best attitude awards. “I didn’t think I had a chance,” he explained to graduation attendees. “The Food Bank of Delaware gave me a chance. I am going to keep pushing and keep achieving.”
In addition to hands-on work in the Food Bank’s warehouse, the students also learned life skills like resume writing, financial literacy, conflict resolution, workplace etiquette and more.
“There’s a difference between people who said they have your back, and people who really have your back. The Food Bank had our backs,” said graduate Michael Walley.
L.O.G.I.C. is part of the Food Bank of Delaware’s workforce development initiative, Delaware Food Works. Its mission is to eliminate food insecurity through workforce development, social entrepreneurship and small business incubation.
The next L.O.G.I.C. class begins May 6 at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark. This third class will be the first to train in the Food Bank of Delaware’s brand-new 80,000-square-foot facility. Funding is available for students. To learn more or to apply online, click here.