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Global Trade and Logistics

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The Office of Economic & Workforce Development (EWD) at Los Angeles Harbor College is dedicated to bridging the gap between market needs of the trade and transportation sector and workforce abilities. The college specializes in giving students the job and technical skills they need for employability, retention, and advancement. This task cannot be accomplished without the gracious support of local industry leaders and dedicated faculty at both the high school and college levels.

Our Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Collaborative(s) is part of a regional effort to design educational programs and services that benefit the region's high growth/ high wage sectors of our economy.  In addition to supporting the development of timely, real-world curriculum; the consortium works to establish long-term relationships with content experts, certifying institutions, and industry business leaders.

The O​ffice of Workforce & Economic Development is dedicated to working with public and private organizations to consolidate, coordinate, and improve the trade and transportation industry's access to qualified candidates, and industry certified training. 

Officials from the Port of Los Angeles, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance global logistics curricula, transfer opportunities and internships that will better prepare interested students for careers in port operations and logistics.​​




Michael Caress, Faculty Liaison                                       

(310) 233-4042                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



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>>>> 2017 BIW flyer_UPDATED.pdf

BUSINESS INFORMATION WORKER 1 (BIW 1)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Certificate of Achievement, For-Credit                                                                                                              

8-Month Certificate Program                                                                                                                   
(Prerequisite: Current work experience; or instructor waiver)

This certificate of achievement is designed for students who want a fast-track course of study that will provide them with a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office as well as strong digital and web literacy skills, the Business Information Worker brings efficiency and productivity to the workplace.  Completion of the Business Information Worker pathway also brings indispensable critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills to the workplace.

Common Career Pathways:  Business Information Worker Salary





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WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE/ LOGISTICS CLERK​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Skills Certificate of Completion, For-​Credit                                                                                                                                                                                                           
8-Month Certificate Program                                                                                                                   
(Prerequisite: Current work experience; industry training, or instructor waiver)

Logistics clerks or shipping clerks help support the logistical functions within supply chain management. This entry-level position is responsible for performing routine clerical duties, such as: maintaining letters, memoranda, invoices, and other indexed records arranged according to an established system. The position operates in a professional environment, and requires a working knowledge of office technologies, the ability to communicate effectively, attention to detail, critical thinking, the ability to manage self, and to work productively with others.  Logistics clerks ship and receive material; examine and verify shipments against purchase orders; prepare items for shipment; maintain record keeping systems and mark material with part numbers, date and lot codes; and develop and implement shipping and receiving procedures. The position relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job, and typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Common Career Pathways: Warehouse Associate



Did you know that one in nine jobs in the greater Los Angeles region are connected to the San Pedro Bay Port Complex? From glass artists to tugboat operators, our #1in9 series highlights the different careers and industries supported by trade through the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding five-county region. In the next episode of #1in9, we interview Josiah Layfield, a tugboat captain for Harley Marine Services, Inc. in San Pedro.​    ​

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*** COMING SPRING 2017 ***


Certificate of Completion, Non-Credit                                                                                                              
8:30pm to 4:30pm; Monday – Friday

  • Four to Six week, short-term training option for individuals seeking their entry into warehouse management
  • Common Career Pathways: Shipping and Receiving Clerk Payscale



Certificate of Completion, Non-Credit                                                                                                              
8:30pm to 4:30pm; Monday – Friday            

Four week, short-term training option for individuals seeking their entry into material handling/ forklift operations                                                                                                                                                                                                          

By successfully completing this four week training, you will have demonstrated key job competencies, gained a certificate of completion, and secured proof of forklift certification along with a technical report documenting your skills at manipulating a fork lift while adhering to proper procedures, guidelines, and safe operation.                                                                                                                                

Common Career Pathways: Material Handler Payscale





Certificate of Completion, Non-Credit                                                                                                              
8:30pm to 4:30pm; Monday – Friday

Two to Four week, short-term training option for individuals advancing their entry-level skills in supply chain management




You can reserve your space at the 2017 Global Trade and Logistics Industry Spotlight.....   


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Certificate of Completion, Not for Credit                                                                                                              
8:30pm to 4:30  / Days  TBD - a total of 30 hours of training                         
(Prerequisite: Current work experience; industry training, Skills Certificate in Sales and Marketing, or instructor waiver)

The demand for professionals who understand the fundamentals of international sales and marketing is on the rise.  International sales and marketing representatives frequently travel, and are assigned region(s) in which to promote products/services.  They often participate in domestic and international trade shows, participate in match-making, speak at industry events, and advance the sales goals of their company and regional clients.  Sales and marketing professionals research and analysis to determine the most attractive products and services for each market, developing international marketing plan, understanding supply chain management, coordinating with oversea executives/distributors/partners, and building brand loyalty are common responsibilities for international marketers.  They also must be familiar with adapting product/services to different markets, determining how the business will deal with fluctuating currencies and payment terms, documentation and procedures, and navigating unfamiliar legal and political environments.  In this short 30 hour professional program, participants will learn to build on their existing work and educational experience to analyze the global environment, identify new markets and customers, and implement a successful international marketing program. Successful completion of this 30-hour incumbent worker training will prepare individuals to pass the global marketing section of NASBITE's Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential.​

Common Career Pathways:

*** COMING FALL 2017 ***

Global Entrepreneur: CGBP Certification Training
Certificate of Completion, For-Credit  (Non-Credit, Incumbent Worker Option: 30 hours Professional Training * See International Sales and Marketing above)                                                                                                            
8:30pm to 4:30pm / Five Consecutive Business Days - a total of 35 hours of training                         
(Prerequisite: Current work experience; related industry training or instructor waiver)

Individuals ready to take the next steps towards recognition as a professional in international trade can participate in this Certified Global Business Professional exam preparation course.  This program is ideal for employees working in the industry, and students taking college courses as long as they have been working in the industry for two-years while completing their college course work.  The Global Entrepreneur by Jim Foley, is recognized by the National Association of Small Business and International Trade Educators (NASBITE) as the leading text to develop global business skills for the purposes of industry certification.  Certification provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce and demonstrates an individual's ability to conduct global business in today's highly competitive borderless environment. This course will cover the exam's primary content: global business management, global marketing, global resources and data sources, and international supply chain management with a focus on export facilitation and trade finance. 


Export Regulations and Documentary Procedures 
Certificate of Completion, For-Credit  and Not-for-Credit                                                                                                           
8:30pm to 4:30  /  Three Consecutive Business Days - a total of 21 hours of training                         
(Prerequisite: Current work experience; industry training, Skills Certificate in Logistics, or instructor waiver)

Obtain up-to-date comprehensive export training that can regularly take many months to learn on the job.  In this 3-day course, participants will learn how to complete a transaction from inception of a quote to delivery.  Participants will learn how structure foreign sales, including a detailed discussion of the crucial distinctions between foreign sales reps, agents and distributors. Other topics include contract negotiation issues, Incoterms, pricing, customs and tariff planning; forms of payment; packing, transport, and insurance requirements; documentation; and compliance. Each attendee will receive a copy of Exporting Regulations Documentation Procedures, George Thompson and Catherine J. Peters

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For more information contact Michael Caress, Faculty Liaison, Global Trade and Logistics at 310-233-4042 or by email at
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Business Information Worker Flyer - Spring 2017 Schedule.pdf
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Harbor CollegeMOU.docx
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LA Regional Career Pathways Project.pdf
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LAHC Postcard WarehouseShipping.pdf
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LAHC Skills Log_ Postcard WarehouseAssociate.pdf
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Logistics - Spring 2017 Course Schedule.pdf
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Master Calendar GTL UPDATED.pdf
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Skill Certificate for Logistics - 20160426.docx
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