Bachelor's Degree in Transportation & Logistics Management Approved

February  26, 2014

Contact: Sharon Buck, Dean of Instruction, (425) 739-8146

Just about everything we need for daily living has to be made, packaged, shipped, stored, and eventually recycled.   Knowing how to gather, assemble, manufacture, transport and store all of those goods takes special know-how.  For each item, there is an industry with developing trends and technologies, regulations, issues of commodity prices, fuel and storage costs, and the logistics of getting people to make, move and store goods.  The managers of those goods and services are in charge of such areas as transporting, warehousing, fleet procurement and maintenance, logistics, and often sales and accounting.

Transportation and Logistics Management -- a growing industry, with promising career paths, each of which require practical knowledge as well as industry-specific skills.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) announces its newest Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management will begin in September 2014, with enrollment for limited class spaces opening now.  The new degree program will be one of the 45 career areas highlighted at the college Open House, March 6, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Kirkland campus.

"This Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management combines rigorous academics and practical hands-on training to give students the skills and credentials they need for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities," said President Amy Morrison-Goings.  "Our purpose is to be the college of choice for workforce education.  The transportation and logistics management area promises many jobs and many career paths.  This new bachelor degree will help people move into those careers."

Students who complete the new LWTech Bachelor's Degree program will be well positioned for many current and new jobs.  The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, in its 2011 Talent Pipeline Study, estimates that the local manufacturing sector will create more than 18,000 jobs 2014-2019, including jobs in shipping, receiving and traffic, team managers, purchasing agents and logistics.

A recent Washington State Employment Security Department study showed more than 1,500 job openings in such positions as cargo and freight agents, and managers of mechanics, installation, repairs and transportation, general operations and production, purchasing, and sales and service.

Workers who want to upgrade their skills or move into management positions by completing this new degree program come from many industries - road, air, rail and maritime transport; airports, seaports and public transit authorities; manufacturers and trade-related organizations.

College students who could use this new degree program to advance their job possibilities come from such programs as business administration, auto repair, diesel and heavy equipment technician, motorcycle, marine and power equipment technician.

Details about the program and how to apply for admission will be available at the Institute's Open House, March 6, 4:00 - 7:00 PM, at the Kirkland campus.

About LWTech

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a broad-based technical institute providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and a baccalaureate degree designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWTech programs, please visit our Pressroom.