USM creating port professionals

Published 2:14 am Sunday, May 31, 2009

The University of Southern Mississippi has asked the College Board to approve a graduate degree in logistics, trade and transportation beginning in 2010 at its Gulf Coast campus.

David Marchman, USM associate director of the School of Construction, says regionally, there is a projected need for 11,000 transportation-related managers and an annual shortfall of 774 degreed applicants.

Marchman says the masters-level program has been developed over the past two years in cooperation with area employers, such as Northrop Grumman.

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Marchman says USM will work with employers to offer online classes and in some cases onsite classes to make it easier for employees to work their way up.