WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jackson State University (JSU) has been awarded $4 million in Community Project Funding to establish a Center for Supply Chain Management. The funding was included in the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress.
President Thomas K. Hudson, J.D., says the innovative center will help diversify an industry that is poised to be a growth market for business professionals.
“The Center for Supply Chain Management will support student engagement, research and strategic corporate engagement surrounding issues related to global supply chain and international trade relations,” says Hudson. “This is a great opportunity to take advantage of Mississippi’s thriving business climate to position Jackson State University and the State of Mississippi as leaders in this rapidly growing field.”
The Center will provide short- and long-term training to students and interested business constituents to improve supply chain infrastructure and promote sustainability. It will also enable JSU to prepare students interested in supply chain for the many career opportunities in the field. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects jobs in supply chain management will increase by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030, a figure that is much higher than the eight percent average job growth rate expected across all occupations in the U.S.
“The Center of Supply Chain Management perfectly complements our newly established academic program, and the center aligns with our strategic plan goals,” says Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Alisa Mosley, Ph.D. “The funding will be a seed planted into our university plans for sustainability and growth, meeting the needs of local, state, national, and global organizations.”
The funding will support center activities in training and business development in the areas of supply chain, and the promotion of student learning through faculty engagement, and experiential and internship opportunities.