EDC business workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Island County EDC and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for APICS training in supply chain management.

The grant covers full scholarships for Island, San Juan and Skagit County residents to attend a three-day workshop on the “Basics of Supply Chain Management.”

Training will cover manufacturing business models, planning, production and inventory management, forecasting, distribution, lean and quality systems and more.

The course will be taught by Hank Barr, an APICS-certified fellow in production and inventory management. He has more than 40 years of a broad range of worldwide inventory and logistics management experience including accounting, budgeting, material requirements and logistics support planning, data processing and executive level assignments.

Retired from the Air Force as a supply and logistics officer and more recently from Boeing, Barr has managed local and worldwide inventories. He has taught Materials Management courses in the Air Force, at Boeing, for the Portland, Tacoma and Seattle chapters of APICS, at North Seattle Community College and at City University of Seattle and is an advisor and lecturer for the University of Washington’s extension program in purchasing management.

He has also taught in-house courses at Tektronix, Sun Microsystems, Starbucks, Amazon and Port of Seattle.

The San Juan County Economic Development Council is currently accepting applications for the APICS training scholarships. Scholarships are eligible only for residents of Island, San Juan and Skagit Counties who are over 18 years old and a $25 application fee is required.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 21. Training will be held Feb. 11-13 in Anacortes.

The grant was awarded through the Rural Business Enterprise program of the USDA, which was created to provide adults with job skills training in rural areas.

For more information and an application, visit www.sanjuansedc.org/apics.html.