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APUS Collaborates with APICS to Close the Skills Gap in the Logistics and Supply Chain Field

APUS Collaborates with APICS to Close the Skills Gap in the Logistics and Supply Chain Field

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Stacey LittleGuest Post by Dr. Stacey Little
Faculty, Transportation and Logistics Management

Almost daily, all of us have some experience with transportation and logistics. They are the distribution elements of the supply chain that bring the products we desire to the places we shop or dine, or directly to our door. Logistics is a fundamental component of most businesses. Consumer demand, coupled with globalization, has boosted related career opportunities.

Logistics and supply chain are among the fastest-growing job markets in America, creating a high demand for qualified individuals to fill those positions. Given this rise in demand in the sector, American Public University System recognized the need to expand its Transportation and Logistics Management program to keep pace with industry needs. As a result, APUS recently announced a partnership with APICS, the global association offering highly respected and industry-recognized certifications. Through this partnership, APUS will offer an instructor-led online preparation course for the APICS’ Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD) designation.

Logistics professionals seek the CLTD designation because it “sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution.” The credential provides a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive global market as many employers give preference to applicants with industry certifications. In fact, the 2018 APICS Supply Chain Survey not only found that compensation continues to rise for supply chain professions, but also that practitioners place great value in such industry-related certifications.

APUS stays abreast of industry needs and has an ongoing commitment to help prepare the transportation, logistics and supply chain management workforce. The CLTD preparation course will benefit current APUS students by complementing several APUS learning paths at both the certificate and degree level. Organizations seeking to improve performance and add to the bottom line can also benefit from employees with CLTD designations, since these individuals are equipped with knowledge of resource optimization to reduce costs and improve profitability. We’re proud to collaborate with APICS to offer this additional element as part of our flexible, career-relevant programs.

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Wally Boston Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In September 2019, Dr. Boston retired as CEO of APEI and retired as APUS President in August 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. For four years from 2009 through 2012, APEI was ranked in Forbes' Top 10 list of America's Best Small Public Companies. During his tenure as president, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 100,000 alumni. While serving as APEI CEO and APUS President, Dr. Boston was a board member of APEI, APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and Fidelis, Inc. Dr. Boston continues to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and as a member of the board of New Horizons Worldwide. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus. In August 2020, the Board of Trustees of APUS appointed him Trustee Emeritus. In November 2020, the Board of Trustees announced that the APUS School of Business would be renamed the Dr. Wallace E Boston School of Business in recognition of Dr. Boston's service to the university. Dr. Boston lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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