The accomplishments of ten students were celebrated this morning at the graduation ceremony of the third class of L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control). The students have spent the past 11 weeks learning about the logistics and warehousing industry, including how to properly use equipment like fork lifts, aerial lifts, end riders, order pickers and more.
All of the students successfully received their OSHA-10 certification and many received forklift certification.
The graduates are:
- Ishmael Ali
- Robert Arthur
- Mercedes Cherricks
- Devin Minter
- Taheem Nicholas
- Ryan Pedrick
- Emmett Roberson
- Ivan Sajewski
- Christopher Vasquez
- Ines Watson
Ryan MacAulay, Supply Chain and Distribution Manager at Zacros America, provided keynote remarks for the ceremony.
He told the graduates, “Hard work and consistency get you to where you want to be.”
He continued, “I have no doubt that these graduates are set up for success.”
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.
“This program has taught me a skill and about myself,” said Mercedes Cherricks. “I can be independent and do anything I set my mind to. My past doesn’t have to prevent me from my future.”
Graduate Devin Minter said he was “grateful to the Food Bank of Delaware for providing opportunities.”
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.
“This course and the Food Bank have helped me tremendously,” said Ivan Sajewski. “I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.”
Several students were also honored with special accolades. They were:
Perfect attendance: Devin Minter, Emmett Roberson, Christopher Vasquez and Ines Watson
Highest GPA: Christopher Vasquez
Most Improved: Rob Arthur
Best Equipment Operator: Devin Minter
Students have landed employment at Habitat for Humanity, College Hunks, J&J Staffing, Breakthru Beverage and Target.
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 Tuesday, September 3 at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Newark. Click here to learn more or to apply online.