A national career tech conference had tech pros return to high school for a model logistics program. The model program for streamlining workflows while storing and delivering items was not at a large retailer, but at Patterson High School.
“They have one of the most sophisticated programs in the country,” said Daniel Stanton. He is the vice president of education and workforce development for MHI, the material handling industry association.
According to Stanton, Patterson is exemplary because all the pieces of successful business logistics fit together so well.
The school and the city of Patterson Worked together to attract warehouse businesses, that would work with Modesto Junior College to create classes leading to career certificate and degree programs and tailoring the high school program to jobs that were available.
“They recognized this need in the community. Patterson had everything it needed to have a supply chain cluster. It had space. It had location (near Interstate 5). And now it has workers. What you need to have to really fuel that (development) is the workforce,” Stanton said.