Companies engaged in international trade and transportation are facing new workforce challenges. As technology transforms existing business practices and e-commerce continues to grow to serve new and existing markets, companies need employees who possess the knowledge and skills that are critical to remain competitive in a constantly changing global environment. Now, more than ever, lifelong learning is essential to remain qualified for today’s rapidly changing job market.
The Global Logistics Professional (GLP) program is designed to meet the unique training needs of individuals at various stages of their careers. Taught by industry experts, students gain practical information about the industry and develop critical thinking and research skills that are needed by logistics employers.
After completing the focused curriculum, students will be equipped to solve real-world problems, identify areas for improvement, contribute to an efficient and effective logistics operation, and gain a competitive advantage when applying for jobs. Students also get access to industry events and professional networking opportunities to meet individuals from different segments of the supply chain.
Offered in two formats: face-to-face evening classes or in a facilitated online learning environment
The program is offered twice a year
Courses may be taken in any order
You can earn the designation in six months, but students have up to one year to complete the program
*Please note: For Spring 2022, courses will only be offered online.
Anyone involved in the goods movement industry, either as a service provider or service user, including the public and private sectors
Anyone looking for an exciting career opportunity in an industry of vital importance to the local, regional, state, and national economy
Anyone doing business with logistics companies, including commercial and industrial realtors and IT professionals, who need to understand logistics and the supply chain to do their job more effectively
Timely and industry-relevant curriculum encompassing all segments and functions of the supply chain
Curriculum taught by industry experts and designed to enhance opportunities for entry or advancement in the industry
Networking opportunities with industry leaders
Convenient scheduling for working professionals
Access to extensive alumni network
Team-based problem solving to prepare you for the logistics workplace
How to apply industry knowledge to real-world situations in North America’s largest trade gateway, with a focus on problem-solving and efficiency
How government regulatory policies impact trade and transportation
How different parts of the international logistics chain interact
How industry trends and technology lead to supply chain innovation
How to develop and implement an integrated logistics plan and learn the value of integrated logistics systems
Complete two courses required for the program:
CITT 200 – Foundations in Global Trade and
CITT 202 – Integrated Logistics Management
Complete a team Capstone Project, a comprehensive logistics plan for a fictitious fast fashion company, including
Presenting and defending the proposal to an industry panel
Earning a passing score on the final written report
Complete all program requirements within one year
This course will introduce you to the dynamic intermodal transportation industry, and provides the foundational knowledge required to pursue the Global Logistics Professional and/or Marine Terminal Operations programs. The course covers topics in three areas to help broaden your understanding of issues and trends affecting international trade and transportation.
Global freight distribution systems
Public policy, regulatory environment, environmental responsibility, security, and enforcement
Innovations in technology and operations
In this course you will learn up-to-date, practical information about all modes of transportation used by freight operators. The program is taught by industry practitioners who will guide you through current issues and trends in the industry. Learn the evolution of logistics concepts, strategies, and planning that will help you demonstrate your value to potential employers. You will also be introduced to the differences between a logistics strategy and a logistics plan. You will apply what you learn throughout the course as part of a team to develop an integrated logistics plan for a fictitious fast-fashion company. In addition, you will gain an understanding of management by objectives and the importance of a mission statement, goals and objectives that ensure the success of logistics enterprises. Tie the various logistics disciplines together while you gain an appreciation for the value and need for an integrated approach, ensuring that customers get the right product, at the right place, and on time. The program is designed to enhance your learning experience and provide a comprehensive understanding of the logistics process.
Group Dynamics and Supply Chain Leadership
Integrated Logistics & Technology Support for Integrated Logistics
Letters of Credit and Payment Mechanisms for International Trade
Ocean Carrier and Marine Terminal Operations
Trucking and Intermodal Rail Operations
Warehousing and Distribution Centers, Specialty Warehousing and Warehouse Site Selection Strategies
Air Cargo, Small Parcel Operations, and Last Mile Delivery
Ocean Transportation Intermediaries, NVOCCs, and Freight Forwarding
Role of the Customs Broker
Legal, Financial and Risk Management Issues for International Trade
Felicia C. Alexander has over 20 years of logistics and supply chain management experience in international business development, sales, project management, and operations management. Prior to joining Panalpina, Felicia served as the Business Development Director for the Health Life Sciences Sector for the Western Region at DHL Global Forwarding, and received the company’s Sales Person of the Year Award. Her previous experience includes organizations such as Ryder Integrated Logistics, Stirling Enterprise Real Estate Development Firm, and The Port of Oakland. Currently, she sits on the International Board of Directors serving as a the Pacific Southwest Regional Advisor for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s from John F. Kennedy University.
Felicia C. Alexander, Regional Sales Manager for Consumer, Fashion and Retail Sector, Panalpina
Joe Artino started his career at UPS in 1995 as a peak season Driver Helper, based out of Newbury Park, CA. He worked his way through various positions in Operations and Sales, becoming an International/Air Specialist out of Van Nuys. Soon after, he was promoted to International Account Manager, and then Senior Account Manager out of Gardena, CA. Following eight years of selling and managing many of the company’s SoCal District customers, he was promoted to Director of Global Accounts in 2014, and was assigned to the Nike account. Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from University of San Diego.
Joe Artino, Director of Global Accounts, UPS
William Capone is has been working as an Asian Cargo Specialist with Korean Air Cargo since 1986, and has been working in the air cargo industry since 1979.
William Capone, Senior Account Manager, Cargo Sales, American Regional Headquarters, Korean Air
Jeff Cribbs started Fairgrounds Transportation in 2008 as a full-service 3PL transportation provider, and recently added international and trade show divisions to his company service offerings. In 2015, he started Precision Logistics with two partners and provides warehousing, pick and pack, and fulfillment out of multiple locations across the U.S. Jeff was previously the Director of Sales for Daylight Transport, where he designed and taught the Selling and Account Management Skills training course for sales representatives. Jeff also recently acted as a consultant for The Dependable Companies, helping to merge five different independent divisions into a single marketing strategy. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Technology with a focus on Robotics from CSULB.
Jeff Cribbs, President, Fairgrounds Transportation
Sue Dexter is currently a PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include transportation planning and infrastructure, freight, and environmental policy. She was previously a Program Manager at Toyota Motor North America for 26 years, where she specialized in broad-scale distribution and system development projects and coordinated all aspects of parts distribution center construction, design, and launch. She is a certified Toyota Production Systems instructor and kaizen leader. Sue has a Master’s degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Cabrillo High School’s Academy of Global Logistics (AGL) program.
Sue Dexter, Capstone Advisor & PhD Candidate, Urban Planning, USC
Dr. Pearl Dytuco is responsible for global logistics operations at Skyworks Solutions headquartered in Irvine, California. She has 32 years of experience in international trade, compliance, and operations. Pearl’s educational accomplishments include a Doctoral degree in Business Administration (California Southern University), Master’s in Business Administration (University of Redlands), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (University of Santo Tomas), Global Logistics Specialist Certification (CSULB), and Supply Chain Management Certification (Pennsylvania State University). Pearl is a Six Sigma Green Belt professional and a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.
Pearl Dytuco, Worldwide Traffic Manager, Skyworks Solutions
At ReTrans, Steven Finley is responsible for all sales and marketing, operations, carrier negotiations, and billing. Mr. Finley has held various positions with other intermodal companies and trucking companies, in addition to being Traffic Manager for a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Finley started his transportation career in 1970. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1977 with a BA in Political Science. Steve served as President of the Los Angeles Transportation Club in 2005 and Chairman in 2006.
Steve Finley, Vice President of ReTrans, a Kuehne + Nagel Company
Dan Gardner has over 20 years of experience in the third-party logistics business, where he has held CEO-level and senior management positions with companies including Ocean World Lines, Fritz Companies, and DHL Global Forwarding. He was the founder and president of Trade Facilitators, Inc., a supply chain consulting and executive search firm. Dan also taught Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management at both The University of Miami and Florida International University Graduate Business Schools. He has an MBA from the University of Miami and holds multiple professional industry certifications. Dan is also a widely published author and journalist, with numerous articles and books to his credit.
Dan Gardner, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Lakeshore Learning Materials
Norman Harris, Manager, Customs Services, Nippon Express NEC Logistics
Maurice Joseph has over 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics field with YRC Logistics, FedEx, and Conway. He is a member of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Forwarder Association, and Advisory Board member for the Operations and Supply Chain Management group at CSULB’s College of Business Administration.
Maurice Joseph, Executive Vice President of Operations, Weber Logistics
As a member of the CTO Office at Volvo, Dr. Aravind Kailas strengthens innovation and competence in digitized trucking topics and helped establish the company’s fully functional California office. He has spearheaded Volvo’s technology policy and outreach efforts for connected and autonomous vehicles, and initiated all truck platooning R&D activities in North America. He has previously held positions at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. He is an award-winning and internationally-published expert, and has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Aravind Kailas, Advanced Technology Policy Director, Volvo Group North America
Mette B. Karapetian’s work experience includes ocean carriers and steamship agents in the U.S. and Europe. Mette is one of the founding instructors of the GLS program and has taught there for the last 15 years. She currently serves on the Capstone Evaluation Panel, and is the GLS Online Facilitator and Capstone Advisor. She is a graduate of the A.P. Moller Shipping School, Copenhagen, and has a Masters in Business Administration from CSULB.
Mette Bjornholt Karapetian, Vice President of Global Accounts at North America Shipco Transport, Inc.
Biju Kewalram is the former co-CEO of Vanguard Logistics Services, a leading global NVOCC, where he spent more than a decade in various capacities. His previous international experience includes positions as CEO of logistics application developer FreightSoft; CIO of NACA Logistics; and COO for Vanguard Logistics. He has expertise in areas including technology systems for logistics and freight movement that help businesses increase efficiency. He is a strong proponent of the symbiosis between operations, customer service, and technology.
Biju Kewalram, Chief Digital & Transformation Officer, Transformation Core
Bridgett Lewis has a dual role, overseeing security operations at the nation’s busiest seaport, the Port of Long Beach; and directing operations at the Central California Maritime Coordination Center (MCC) housed at the port’s Security Command and Control Center. Bridgett holds bachelor’s and dual master’s degrees from the University of Akron, Ohio, and a graduate certificate in Human Resources from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition, she completed the Safe Communities Institute Executive Fellowship Program for Command Staff at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She is a City of Torrance Commissioner serving as Chair of the Civil Service Commission, serves as the elected Vice-Chair of the Employee Relations Committee, and is a certified mediator.
Bridgett Lewis, Manager, Security Operations, Port of Long Beach
In addition to his role at Navistar, Kevin Maggay also works at BNSF Railway as the Assistant Director of Environmental Operations, where he oversees strategic and technical air quality initiatives in 28 Western U.S. states. His skills include strategic communication and stakeholder engagement to inform policy makers on technical issues. Kevin provides input on policy and development for community groups, NGOs, industry groups, media, and regulatory agencies such as CARB, SCAQMD, and EPA Region IX. He graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Business. He also attended the GLP program at CSULB.
Kevin Maggay, Public Policy for eMobility, Navistar
Dr. Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Deputy Director of the METRANS Transportation Consortium, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), one of five regional workforce centers originally funded by the Federal Highway Administration. He previously served as CITT’s Director of Research. Dr. O’Brien is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), where he serves as Immediate Past President. He is Chair of the oversight committee of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Automation and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee and Urban Freight Committee. He also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Transportation Club, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, and National Transit Institute. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both a former Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow.
Dr. Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D, Executive Director
With over 20 years of experience, Bob Rippel provides local, corporate, and global sales organizations with tactical and strategic skills. His background includes corporate sales, sales training, and leadership development to enhance the performance of organizations such as Miller Heiman, Franklin Covey and Real Learning. At RJ Learning Group, Bob helps organizations to improve their sales process, sales effectiveness, overall sales productivity, and post-sale customer experience. Bob was a finalist for “Best Sales Trainer” at the American Business Awards, and graduated from CSULB with a degree in Journalism.
Bob Rippel, Chief Learning Officer, RJ Learning Group
Cameron Roberts has more than 30 years of experience in international trade. His practice areas include customs law, export compliance, domestic and international transportation law, maritime law, trade, and insurance issues. He is a member of numerous customs, international trade, and legal associations. He is a past President of the Foreign Trade Association and Harbor Transportation Club. He earned his B.A. degree in political science and international relations from CSULB, and his JD degree (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Roberts is admitted to practice in California and Washington, the Court of International Trade, and the Federal Maritime Commission.
Cameron Roberts, Managing Partner, Roberts and Kehagiaras, LLP
In addition to his work with the California Trucking Association, Matt Schrap is also a Member of the Energy and Environmental Policy Committee, the Highway Policy Committee, and the Intermodal Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations, and serves as President of California Fleet Solutions and VP of Government Programs for Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance. Matt is also responsible for all regulatory compliance and incentive program inquiries and training for the Velocity Vehicle Group of Companies.
Matthew Schrap, President, California Fleet Solutions; VP of Government Programs, Crossroads Finance & Velocity Vehicle Group
Kevin Turner specializes in the sale, lease, and tenant representation of office, industrial, and R&D properties. He is highly experienced and qualified in the creation and execution of marketing campaigns, financial and market analysis, site selection, lease evaluation, multi-tenant evaluations, facility counseling, land development transactions, and sale and lease negotiations. He currently serves as the Ports and Logistics Practice Group Leader for Cushman & Wakefield and Steering Committee Leadership Council for Cushman & Wakefield Global Supply Chain Consulting. Kevin is a frequent panelist and speaker at industry events, and is a graduate of the GLS program.
Kevin Turner, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Tonnie White has over 25 years of industry experience, including working on the dock as an office clerical assistant at the terminals as well as customer service, operations, and sales roles with Australia-New Zealand Direct Line, Orient Overseas Container Lines, China Shipping Container Lines), Matson Navigation, Hanjin Shipping, and CMA-CGM. At Hyundai Merchant Marines, she is dedicated to sales for regional and corporate level accounts; maintaining the regional account base; and acting as liaison between clients and company departments to ensure customer service.
Phillip T. Wright has more than 25 years of experience in marine operations. He was previously the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Total Terminals International LLC; District Sales Manager of the West Coast of Zim American Integrated Shipping Services Co., Inc.; and Assistant Vice President of Operations for Hanjin Shipping Company. As a graduate of the California Maritime Academy, Mr. Wright holds an Unlimited Third Mates License and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Industrial Technology. He is also responsible for the HAZMAT training program for personnel in the western region. He has been a GLP instructor at CSULB since the program’s 1997 debut.
The GLP Program is a professional designation program designed to provide a comprehensive overview of what’s involved in international logistics. It teaches students how goods are effectively moved around the world, and the various entities involved.
The GLP program is offered twice a year, starting either in January or July.
The cost is $4,500.00.
The GLP Program is a non-credit professional designation program issued upon successful completion of three courses, and a final team project.
You must meet attendance and/or participation requirements for each course and pass all the quizzes with 75% or better. You must also meet individual points required to receive credit for the final project (referred to as the Capstone Project). All students must participate in an oral presentation of the project and pass the evaluation of the written report.
No, courses are structured in a flexible format to allow you to take each class in the program individually. However, in order to earn the GLP Professional Designation, you must take CITT 200 – Foundations in Global Trade and CITT 202 – Integrated Logistics Management which includes the completion of a final capstone project.
The Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program is the foundation for the The Global Logistics Professional (GLP). The program was established in 1997 by industry to provide a comprehensive understanding on logistics and the value of integrated logistics management.
The GLS program was revamped in 2020 to the new GLP to align with the structure of our trade and transportation courses.
In the new GLP program, the capstone project is part of CITT 202 – Integrated Logistics Management. You do not need to register for a separate course. To earn credit for the team project, you must pass your individual assignments as well as participate and pass your team assignments.
No. The entire program must be completed within two years, because the curriculum is constantly changing along with the industry. If two or more years have passed since you last took classes, you will be required to re-enroll in the entire program.
The Capstone is a team project where you analyze a fictitious, fast-fashion company we call Bella Fashions. In this project, you work as part of a team to identify 3 to 5 solutions for Bella Fashion’s current situation.
You will deliver your proposal in an oral presentation to an industry panel. You will also submit a written report. Upon successful completion of all courses for the GLP, and passing the team capstone course, you will earn the Global Logistics Professional Designation.
No, we do not provide job placement. However, jobs are posted on our website and shared on the BeachBoard platform as well as on the CITT Network group on LinkedIn.
Learning extends beyond the classroom, and we encourage students to learn more by attending industry events. Also, the program is taught by instructors from the industry, and you will also take classes with students who work in the industry, which gives you excellent networking opportunities.
International students may participate in the GLP for International Students program. In this program, international students can take GLP courses along with additional classes through the American Language Institute or the Open University, in order to meet full-time student requirements and be eligible for a student visa. Click here for more information.
No. Acceptance for this program is offered twice a year, in January and July only. You must apply and be admitted to the program before the start of the first course, in order to complete the entire program in six months.
The cost is $6,900 dollars, and includes all GLP classes and additional classes taken through the American Language Institute or through Open University. This does not include the application fee.
Potential students interested in learning more about the Global Logistics Professional program are encouraged to attend a free information session. The information sessions include short presentations by a program representative, designed to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program's benefits. Information regarding other transportation industry training programs will also be covered.
Upcoming online-only Information Sessions are below. Click on each date to register for the Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Are you interested in learning about career opportunities in international trade? In this short online presentation, you will learn from DSV Global Transport and Logistics hiring managers about the role of a freight forwarding company in the import and export of goods from manufacturers to retailers.
The company is also offering an exciting two-year internship opportunity for recent high school graduates to obtain entry-level positions at the DSV's Torrance facility. DSV recognizes the importance of education to prepare future employees for their industry, so selected internship candidates will also be able to learn while they earn--by enrolling in the Global Logistics Professional (GLP) program offered at CSULB.
This course provides students with an introduction to the intermodal transportation industry, while providing the foundational knowledge required to pursue the Global Logistics or Marine Terminal Operations programs.
Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to receive a Digital Badge from CSULB’s College of Professional and International Education. Each Digital Badge is embedded with a link to secure and specific information confirming that the participant has obtained the necessary skills and competencies as described in the program. The badge also includes the participant’s name, the course title, and date of completion. Badges are shareable and can be uploaded to CVs, resumes, social media profiles, or other digital platforms. Click here to learn more about Digital Badges.
In This Program You'll Learn
Global freight distribution systems
Public policy, regulatory environment, and compliance
Innovations in technology and operations
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Integrated Logistics Management
In this course, you will learn up-to-date, practical information about all modes of transportation while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the logistics process. The program is taught by industry practitioners who will guide you through current issues and trends in the industry. Learn the evolution of logistics concepts, strategies, and planning. You will also be introduced to the differences between a logistics strategy and a logistics plan. You will apply what you learn throughout the course to develop an integrated logistics plan for a fictitious fast-fashion company as part of a team. In addition, you will gain an understanding of management by objectives as well as the importance of a mission statement, goals, and objectives. The various logistics disciplines taught in the program will be tied together while you gain an appreciation for the value of an integrated approach, ensuring that customers get the right product, at the right place, and on time.
• Group Dynamics and Supply Chain Leadership • Integrated Logistics & Technology Support for Integrated Logistics • Letters of Credit and Payment Mechanisms for International Trade • Ocean Carrier and Marine Terminal Operations • Trucking and Intermodal Rail Operations • Warehousing and Distribution Centers, Specialty Warehousing and Warehouse Site Selection Strategies • Air Cargo, Small Parcel Operations, and Last Mile Delivery • Ocean Transportation Intermediaries, NVOCCs, and Freight Forwarding • Role of the Customs Broker • Legal, Financial and Risk Management Issues for International Trade
Offerings of this program have either started or are under development. Please check back for information on the next offering email firstname.lastname@example.org.