Mike Ammann, president and CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership based in Stockton, CA, says that San Joaquin County is seeing an increase in highly-skilled logistics-related jobs, which in turn creates new educational requirements for workers. This requires increased emphasis on logistics education and training for students at community colleges, such as San Joaquin Delta College where Johnathan Cardiel is an associate professor of logistics and transportation. The San Joaquin Partnership is “supporting his efforts to train and educate new students for the new e-commerce workforce.”
In addition, Ammann says, there is an increase in research being done to improve product handling which impacts the supply chain including California agriculture. For example, there is a new science, called Analytics, which companies use to predict market trends. Courses in Analytics are being offered at the University of the Pacific located in Stockton. Companies use visual analysis of fruits and vegetables, so as to sort them by size and quality for loading and shipping to end-users. This computerized system is making California agriculture, where growers in the San Joaquin Valley are major exporters, more automated. This sorting process requires a new level of analysis, more sophisticated software and trained people to operate and oversee the process. This system is beginning to replace hand sorting. And so, the typical farmworker will be somebody who increasingly needs to operate systems in order to deliver crops to market.
Cardiel told AJOT: “More resources need to be invested in preparing entry-level workers for the new jobs in warehousing and manufacturing.”
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