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Collin College, APICS Join Forces For Logistics, Supply Chain Training

Collin College, APICS Join Forces For Logistics, Supply Chain Training

September 11, 2009 – Dallas-Fort Worth is a hub for business, trade and a plethora of commercial interests from around the globe.

Now, Collin College is the place to learn how to manage all of that business and commerce.

Collin College’s Continuing Education division and APICS North Texas, an operations management society, have formed an alliance to offer APICS training.

Collin College will be the only institution in Dallas-Fort Worth to offer APICS public offerings. Both certificates will be in English and Spanish, too.

"This is important training, as well as certification maintenance, for this area.  Being the exclusive provider and ensuring a centralized location will be a huge benefit,” Jim Merritt, program director for Collin College Continuing Education, said.

The course offerings for this fall:

  • CPIM – Basics of Supply Chain Management (in Spanish) runs Tuesday, Sept. 15-Tuesday, Oct. 20. Cost is $499. Courses are every Tuesday, 6-10 p.m.
  • CPIM – Basics of Supply Chain Management runs from Thursday, Sept. 17-Thursday, Oct. 22. Cost is $499. Courses are every Thursday, 6-10 p.m.
  • CPIM – Master Planning of Resources runs Thursday, Oct. 29-Thursday, Dec. 10. Cost is $499. Courses are every Thursday, 6-10 p.m.
  • CPIM – Master Planning of Resources (in Spanish) runs Tuesday, Oct. 27-Tuesday, Dec. 1. Cost is $499. Courses are every Tuesday, 6-10 p.m.

All classes will be at the Courtyard for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano.

APICS is a not-for-profit international educational organization, which helps train companies and individuals in scheduling, logistics, supply chain management, operation, inventory and resource management, and a lot more. 

This fall, Collin College and APICS will offer its two certificate programs: Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

Both modules of the CPIM – Basics and Master Planning of Resources – will be offered in English and Spanish. The CPIM deals with the hands-on, operational, down-on-the-floor philosophy and operations knowledge in addition to concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.

The CSCP delves into supply chain management, providing an end-to-end perspective from within a company’s walls to the endless boundaries of the global economy.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is a warehouses and logistics center,” said Shawn Hill, APICS trainer/instructor. “In this area there are so many logistics centers and warehouses that education is so important.”    

According to Mayela Alcaraz, APICS supply chain manager, it is vital to teach these classes and certificates in both English and Spanish in order to establish a “commonality in language in order to talk with other companies because, in logistics, warehousing and commerce, there are some words that are not translatable.”

For more information, call 972.599.3117 or visit

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.