Program “Moving at the Speed of Business”

The goal of East Los Angeles College’s (ELAC) Technology & Logistics Program (T&L) is to prepare students for 21st Century jobs in the Logistics industry. Since its inception, the T&L Program has made an unwavering commitment to keep its finger on the pulse of industry and has adopted the motto “Moving at the speed of business.”

The T&L Program has been awarded a number of grants since its beginning in 2007. In only six years, three stackable logistics skills certificates (11-17 units) have been developed that include two national logistics industry certifications— Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)—as well as a Technology & Logistics Certificate of Achievement (24 units) and an AS (Associate of Science) Degree. ELAC continues to be the first community college in Southern California to offer college-credit Logistics courses that allow students to earn CLA and CLT industry-recognized, nationally portable Logistics credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC).

The T&L Program has achieved much of its academic strength by cultivating its industry partnership with UPS-Southern California District and has certified scores of UPS employees. The program has also hosted the annual UPS Safety Conference with over 200 supervisors and managers in attendance. In return, UPS has enriched the T&L curriculum by providing its entry-level new hire training manual, which ELAC embedded into one of its courses. In addition, UPS provides tours to local UPS facilities and guest speakers for the T&L students. Another highlight of the industry relationship is securing career opportunities at UPS for incumbent employees and current ELAC Logistics students.

Thanks to program’s most recent grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for $3,000,000, all MSSC textbooks, online e-learning portals, testing and national certifications are free of charge. In addition, optional Security, OSHA and HazMat training and certificates are offered at no cost to qualifying participants. Participants with previous Logistics experience or veterans can qualify for advanced placement to obtain a MSSC CLA certification in as little as 8 weeks and can achieve ELAC’s Logistics Skills Certificate (11 units) in one semester (16 weeks). All of these college-credit courses lead to a Technology & Logistics AS (Associate of Science) Degree and the possibility of transfer to any California university.

Financial Help is Available

There is a fee of $46 per unit for each class enrolled in, as well as an $11 Health fee and parking fee of $20 per semester. As a California State entity, East Los Angeles College is very low-cost and nationally accredited. Most Logistics classes range from 1-3 units each. A variety of classes are online and also scheduled in the day and evening. Many students attend part-time. Tuition waivers and financial aid are available for those who qualify.

Additional Benefits

One-on-one academic coaching as well as career coaching and counseling are available to all enrolled participants to ensure “student success” in the program. ELAC is the largest of the Los Angeles Community College District campuses with the most varied programs and support services.

If you have any questions, contact Elaine Shibata, Logistics Project Director, at 323-265-8954 or email


On 9/19/12 a second Department of Labor Grant awarded to Technology & Logistics Program for $3,000,000!

The Technology & Logistics Program in the Computer Applications & Office Technologies Dept. was awarded $3,000,000 by the Department of Labor to further enhance the program. This new project will elevate ELAC’s success in preparing workers and students for a wide range of logistics jobs in a geographic area that is home to the world’s fifth busiest port. Strategic objectives include increasing student completion success, accelerating student transitions into logistics career path education, expanding local capacity to supply employees for forecasted labor demands in logistics, and accelerating student entry and transitions into logistics job fields requiring college-granted certificates.