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APICS Puget Sound Chapter is a partner with APICS, a not-for-profit international educational organization respected throughout the world for its education and professional certification programs. With more than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies worldwide, APICS is dedicated to using education to improve the business bottom line.


President's Update


On Friday May 13th, Hank Barr, Director of Education, and I attended the semi-annual Western Washington University (WWU) Advisory Board meeting in Bellingham, WA.  The advisory board is made up of company representatives from major and minor manufacturers, mostly from Washington State.  APICS-PS is one of two professional organizations on this board.  The other is the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).  Impact Washington, an agency that works with local governments and companies to offer financial assistance in training and re-training was also represented.  During the meeting, Craig Tyran, Decision Sciences Chair, announced that a new Minor in Business Analytics will be offered in the coming year.  This new Minor was thought to be a powerful add on to Operations Management degrees by the Advisory Board. 

Following this we were all impressed by excellent presentations from the Student Board of Directors of both the WWU APICS Student Chapter and the WWU CSCMP student chapter.  The APICS team announced that they had participated in competitive “Hack-A-Thon” sponsored by Microsoft and that about 50 WWU students participated.  The APICS Student chapter also participated in the Fresh Connection competition sponsored by the APICS Pacific Western District and won a 2nd place prize.  The APICS Student Chapter is conducting a fund raiser called, “Relay for Life.”  A web site has been set up and all donations will go to charitable giving, but in addition, the chapter will offer beverages and sweat shirts for sale at the event.  The proceeds from these sales will be used to support a student chapter member for a trip to the APICS National Conference in Washington DC.  The report out the APICS officers was well done, and included the comment that their theme was, “Treat it like a Business.”

The advisory board was then privileged to participate in a Speed Networking activity where 50 students talked with a Board Member for 5 minutes, and then moved to a new board member.  This proved to be an effective way for students to get about 6 different Board Member views of their resume and seek some guiding thoughts. 

Hank and I closed our day by attending a CSCMP event called Spring into Big Data.   The speaker was Gerald Jackson, Google’s current Supply Chain Automation Director.  Gerald’s topic was The Impact of Digitization and Analytics on Global Supply Chain Management.  A lot of futuristic ideas were presented, with the theme that big data can be used in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence to enable computer software to learn, and therefore to make decisions. 

This day proved to be a fantastic opportunity to network and learn.   



May 9

Master Planning of Resources Review Course, 8 classes

Course Dates: May 9, 11, 16. 18, 23, 25, 30, June 1

Jun 13

Detailed Scheduling & Planning, 8 class sessions, June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, July 11, 13

Tools and techniques for planning inventory, including planning techniques such as MRP, CRP, Lean, TOC, and projects.
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Aug 24

Strategic Management of Resources, 8 class sessions, Dates: Aug 24, 29, 31, Sept 5, 7, 12, 14, 19

Capstone CPIM course - higher-level thinking or strategic planning and implementation of operations
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