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November 12, 2018 7:57 AM

Networking event connects students to industry

On November 7, Conestoga and CITT (Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation) hosted a networking event at the Doon campus to provide supply chain students with industry insights, helpful career advice and an opportunity to connect with businesses and working professionals from the industry.

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An agreement between Conestoga and CITT will grant advanced standing to students in the college's supply chain programs who want to pursue the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation.

“There is a high demand for students with your particular skill set,” said Pina Melchionna, CITT president and CEO, when discussing trends in supply chain employment demands. “The future looks great if you happen to be in this industry.”

CITT, a non-profit organization with a 60-year history, grants the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation, a nationally recognized industry credential that demonstrates specialized logistics expertise.

Conestoga entered into an agreement earlier this year with CITT which grants advanced standing to students in Conestoga’s Business Administration - Supply Chain Operations Management advanced diploma program, the Business - Purchasing diploma program, and the Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management degree program who are interested in pursuing the CCLP designation.

CITT has also extended an invitation to Conestoga students and faculty to join CITT as student and academic affiliates which will provide exclusive access to various CITT resources, tools and events.

Melchionna said the networking event was the first of its kind since Conestoga and CITT entered into the agreement and hopes to offer other joint sessions in the future.

"We are excited about our partnership with CITT,” said Brian Watson, director, Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence (MCSCE). “We value collaborating with CITT in delivering skilled supply chain specialists with industry relevant experience and competencies."

Conestoga’s MCSCE launched in 2017 and works with government and industry partners to address Canada's productivity challenge and the urgent need for skilled supply chain specialists to meet current and emerging business needs.

The college’s supply chain management programs have a proven track record in developing skilled supply chain specialists. Program graduates are well-positioned to add value to firms that hire them, contributing to improved productivity, operational and financial performance.

Visit the School of Business for more information.

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