Ten graduates celebrate completion of L.O.G.I.C. training program

November 20, 2019

This morning was full of pride as we celebrated the accomplishments of 10 graduates of our L.O.G.I.C. program! L.O.G.I.C. stands for Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control, and for the past 11 weeks, students have been learning the ins and outs of the warehousing/logistics industry, including how to properly use equipment like fork lifts, aerial lifts, end riders, order pickers and more.

All of our students successfully passsed their OSHA-10 certification and many obtained their forklift certification.

The graduates are:

  • Wesley Banks
  • Alek Collier
  • Thomas Cobb
  • Jared Draper
  • John Flamer
  • Terrance Grinnage
  • Steven Jackson
  • Jeffrey Meano
  • Eugene Smallwood
  • Jacquill Stovall

State Representative Michael Smith provided inspiring keynote remarks to the graduates. Representative Smith came from humble beginnings. He described himself as the “kid from the trailer park” who was raised by his grandmom and never met his father. Representative Smith advised students to “work every day to be the best.” He also encouraged them to “build others up along the way” and to “match your passion with your purpose.”

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. In addition, they had a two-week work experience in the field and took field trips to many area logistics businesses.

Graduate Jared Draper praised the program and said he was “incredibly grateful.

Terrance Grinnage told the audience, “I am going to achieve it and do it.” He also pointed out the team atmosphere of the class, “We pushed each other. We weren’t going to continue until everyone succeeded.”

Steven Jackson described the program as creating a “new pathway in life.”

“We’re going to take it and we’re going to the top,” said Jacquill Stovall.

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.

A team of volunteers from Barclays mentored the students. They met on several occassions and worked on resume writing, interviewing and creating a LinkedIn profile. The Barclays team surprised the graduates today with Uber gift cards to help get them to and from their new jobs.

Several students were also honored with special accolades. They are:

  • Highest GPA – Wesley Banks
  • Perfect Attendance – Jared Draper
  • Most Ambitious – Jacquill Stovall

Students have landed employment with:

  • PEMCO Lighting
  • Goodwill
  • BJs
  • Connections
  • Ebanks Construction
  • ShopRite

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 and social entrepreneurship.

The next class begins Monday, January 13 at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Newark. Click here to learn more or to apply online.

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