“Grace Beam, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, ins tructs her students during a lecture at the college’s Catoosa County Campus. The Catoosa County Campus first opened its doors this past August.”


GNTC Helping Local Industry With Logistics Program                     

(Ringgold, Georgia)
– Getting from “Point A to Point B” in the 21st century is not as simple as it may appear. With technological advances and a more skilled workforce becoming the norm, mapping out a day in the life of a business is tougher than ever. However, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest campus has launched a program that will help companies across our region make the task easier than ever.


Grace Beam’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management program at the Catoosa County Campus of GNTC has its first students ever taking first semester coursework that will make things easier for the worker, the company, and the consumer. “Organizing the production and delivery of a company’s goods and services is where we come in,” said Beam. “Getting product from supplier to consumer is our main focus. And, in today’s marketplace, jobs in this arena are opening up around the world.”


With the demand of today’s customers locked in on almost instantaneous results, salaries are looking good for well-trained logisticians and supply chain managers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), with positions in almost every industry on the planet, an experienced logistician earns an annual median income of $74,000. “Even the bottom of that scale has logisticians making more than $40,000 a year,” added Beam. “Being able to successfully get the right things, to the right place, at the right time is a very valuable skill set in today’s workplace.”


From being a specialist in business-to-consumer supply to being in charge of the entire process, supply chain managers really lay out the plan on how to best get business done on a day-to-day basis. “They handle planning, purchasing, production, customer service, transportation of all raw goods and finished products, and so much more,” said Beam. “These jobs, as well as logisticians, are quickly becoming positions that companies across Georgia are looking for.”


According to the BLS, the average salary of an experienced supply chain manager ranges between $90,000 and $120,000. The salary figures are as of September 2016. Logistic service providers (LSP) are seeing that need in the Peach State. More than 11,000 LSP’s are now in place in Georgia alone.
Industry leaders are preparing for the rising need of skilled workforce to handle this level of business. Georgia has the nation’s fastest growing port in Savannah, the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta with Hartsfield International, and a rail and highway system that sees more volume of goods being transported than anywhere else in the United States. “Business is moving through this region 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” added Beam. “We are training these men and women to do business in the way companies want their business done. Basically, they are learning to keep the customer satisfied and help their business grow. They go hand-in-hand for the specialist we are training for tomorrow’s jobs.”


Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College is November 30. For more information on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.


Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.