On October 19, 2018, students in the Global Trade and Logistics course visited Expeditors, a customs brokerage and freight forwarder company. The students were accompanied by Alpha Lewis, the course instructor, and Lorna Jones, the Interim Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD). They met with representatives of the company and were given a tour of Expeditors’ facilities in San Mateo County.
This direct exposure to the operations of a Fortune 500 logistics company reinforced classroom learning and gave the students a thorough understanding of the processes involved in moving goods into and out of the Bay Area. The students also had an opportunity to see the company’s cross docking facility where goods are sorted by type and location and then scanned for security clearance. The students asked many questions and were excited to learn about the numerous operations and roles involved in managing the global supply chain networks for companies like the GAP.
This trip reinforced the Skyline College goal of connecting students directly with industry and supporting students with 21st century workforce skills needed to secure employment in the global trade and logistics industry. Through the effort of CITD and Global Learning Programs and Services (GLPS), two students on this trip were scheduled for interviews with local logistics firms.
For more information about the Global Trade and Logistics and Customs Brokerage Programs, please contact the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 738-7098.
Article by Alpha Lewis | Photo by Anton Vitalyevich Goncharuk