I loved Ag Shop back when I was in high school. Learning to work on equipment, using a plasma cutter for the first time, dropping a half-ton I-beam on my foot… I sure do miss those days.
Patterson High School in Patterson, California (near the I-5 freeway) has something that is greatly missed these days – a full-fledged logistics training program powered by a lot of familiar names. With a roster of sponsors that includes local wineries, new simulator tech companies, and powerhouses like Amazon, Grainger, and others, the program has all the tools to foster trade skills for the next generation.
Patterson High School defiantly leads in the logistics career prep field
Equipped with state-of-the-art simulators for commercial vehicles and forklifts, a training area for inspections and true to life operations, and visitations from industry leaders, this school is doing an exemplary job of preparing students for the supply chain industry. On May 13th, Patterson High held its 5th Annual Logistics Jobs Fair, helping put both students and adults into jobs in the logistics industry. DOT Foods had one of its drivers attend with a truck showcasing the company.
It is good for the industry to know schools like Patterson High are pushing to fill the thousands of openings in the logistics industry. With the supposed driver shortage in the enterprise fleets and the age of drivers increasing, younger entrants are needed to keep the supply chain moving. And coming into a rough field like trucking and warehousing, any pre-employment training one can get is a plus. Less time to get up to speed and higher work rates on day one are nice to see. Like they say, “you only got one shot at making a first impression.”