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After graduating from a rigorous eleven-week warehouse management training program, a proud and beaming Jacquill Stovall exclaimed, “We’re going to take it and we’re going to the top.”

Stovall and nine other newly minted graduates of the Food Bank of Delaware’s LOGIC (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) program were celebrated at a recent ceremony, where many remarked that the training program had driven a strong sense of teamwork and mutual support.

“We pushed each other. We weren’t going to continue until everyone succeeded,” said Terrance Grinnage.

 

For eleven weeks this fall, the Food Bank program taught students the ins and outs of the warehousing and logistics industry, including how to properly use equipment like forklifts, aerial lifts, end riders, order pickers and more.

LOGIC is part of the Food Bank of Delaware’s workforce development initiative, Delaware Food Works. Its mission is to eliminate food insecurity through workforce development and social entrepreneurship.

Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, LOGIC students are trained in the Food Bank’s Newark warehouse. The ten graduates gained two week’s work experience in the field and visited with many area logistics businesses.  All ten received an important federal workplace safety certification and many obtained certification to operate a forklift.

In addition to hands-on work in the Food Bank’s warehouse, the students also learned life skills like resume writing, financial literacy, conflict resolution, workplace etiquette and more.

Steven Jackson described the program as creating a “new pathway in life.”

State Representative Michael Smith told the graduates that he came from humble beginnings, a “kid from the trailer park,” and encouraged them to “work every day to be the best” and “build others up along the way.”

A team of volunteers from Barclays mentored the students throughout the term, working with them on resume writing, interviewing and creating LinkedIn profiles. The Barclays team surprised the graduates at the ceremony with Uber gift cards to help get them to and from their new jobs.

Jared Draper joined other new LOGIC graduates in praising the program saying he was “incredibly grateful” for the opportunities that now lie ahead.

The LOGIC graduates are:
Wesley Banks
Alek Collier
Thomas Cobb
Jared Draper
John Flamer
Terrance Grinnage
Steven Jackson
Jeffrey Meano
Eugene Smallwood
Jacquill Stovall

The next LOGIC class begins Monday, January 13 at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Newark. Click here to learn more or to apply online.

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