New Logistics Degree At MGCCC

Some Northrop Grumman workers will soon be spending more time on the company site, not as workers, but as students. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is teaming up with Northrop Grumman to launch a degree program in Logistics Technology.

Northrop Grumman co-workers will turn into classmates as they study logistics technology together on site.  Trisha Bragg is one of those students. Monday she signed up for "Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management" classes.

Though Bragg already works in logistics at the ship yard, she says she could still benefit from the classes.

"Supply chain management is not something I deal with on a daily basis. so to be knowledgeable and helpful to understand those, I'll be be able to apply those to my job," Bragg says.

Braggs says when she gets a degree, she'll also be able to move up in the company.

"Education is stressed. Education is vital. It's all apart of how you will move up the session planning line in this company. [It] is to have a degree," Vice President of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Teno Henderson says.

Now that MGCCC is offering these logistics classes at Northrop Grumman, even people like Roxanne Rushing, who know nothing about logistic technology, will finally have the chance to see what it's all about.

"Everyone was always doing some sort of logistics and it looked really interesting. I was just [administration] aid. I want to do something other than just administration aid, because that's all I've done my whole life," Rushing adds.

Whether they are moving up or starting over, they all agree this new program will help them get where they want to be.

The Logistics program will be a two-year technical degree. MGCCC officials say they're still talking with USM about the possibilities of turning it into a four-year degree.

By Jaimee Goad