The Palmetto State boasts one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor forces over the past decade, which means a growing supply of skilled technical workers. 
South Carolina is committed to growing and developing its world-class logistics industry workforce.

The following Colleges and Universities offer education programs and conduct critical research for the industry: 


South Carolina Technical System offers certificate programs at several of the technical colleges in the state. Please select a college below for contact information and a list of relevant programs.


Apprenticeship programs for youth and adults is a critical component of workforce development in South Carolina and many aerospace firms utilize these services as a vehicle to build their talent pipeline.
Created in 2007 to support business-sponsored registered apprenticeship programs, Apprenticeship Carolina™ works to ensure that all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship consultants are available to guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System.  Employers may also be eligible for an annual tax credit by participating in Apprenticeship Carolina.

The program works with organizations to:

  • Help companies understand the registered apprenticeship training model
  • Identify existing models for companies’ occupations of interest
  • Connect companies with appropriate resources to assist with the apprenticeship program
  • Develop Standards and Training & Education outlines based upon companies’ input
  • Submit registration paperwork to the USDOL for full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
  • Assist companies with program updates as workforce needs evolve

As one of the nation’s premier economic development training programs, readySC™ is an integral part of the South Carolina Technical College System. For new or growing companies in the state, readySC™ provides unparalleled start-up expertise, customized training solutions, and innovative training delivery–all at little to no cost to the company.

The state’s 16 technical colleges have partnered with readySC™ to provide companies with an innovative training curriculum that includes customized workforce recruiting and testing, curriculum and materials development, and hands-on project management support.

The first online solution designed to assist students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable talent pipeline, STEM Premier provides a platform for companies to find talent and students to find opportunity.

Sponsored by Spirit Communications, The InterTech Group, SCRA, FTC, Comporium, and Sigma Diversified, the program connects students directly to the industry firms that will provide life-long, fulfilling careers in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and other high-growth industries in South Carolina. By fostering direct connection, STEM Premier creates a personalized and interactive space for mentorship and possibility for students.



R2i2 offers a Supply Chain and Global Logistics Management course. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • Product/service supply chains
  • Security
  • Sustainability
  • Supply chain vulnerability
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Decision models for supply chain management
  • Logistics
  • Emerging markets
  • Economic development

Students in the program manage their own distribution and logistics center to serve the Richland School District Two Backpack Program. For more information, please contact Kevin Alberse, Director of R2i2. 

In the 2017-18 school year, Pickens County Career & Technology Center will launch the Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management curriculum. The four-course sequence uses project-based learning to engage students. Topics that will be covered in the courses include: 

  • Dimensions of logistics
  • Demand management and customer service
  • Procurement
  • Inventory management 
  • Warehousing
  • Transportation
  • Logistics service providers
  • Global logistics
  • Supply chain management
  • Logistics and information technology
  • Network design and facility location
  • Planning for the future
  • Environmental considerations
  • Safety

For more information, please contact Ken Hitchcock, Director of Pickens County Career & Technology Center. 

Since 2011, APICS Director of Academic Outreach Cheryl Dalsin has worked to introduce training and education in supply chain management for students, starting as early as kindergarten. The STEM program’s goal is to reach more than 200,000 students by 2020 through downloadable activity kits for educators and program messaging for parents and teachers.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Dalsin at cdalsin@apics.org.