Seven students of the pilot class of LOGIC — Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control — graduated Nov. 28 at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark warehouse.

Graduates included Jessica Deery, Jessica Elvey, Amber Felts, Tanisha Gibson, Andrea Moore, Buddy Sund and Terrell Walker.

Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, LOGIC prepares students for careers in the warehousing/logistics industry. Students trained in the warehouse of the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark and learned to use equipment like end riders, lift trucks, order pickers and pallet jacks.

The graduates received an OSHA-10 general industry certificate.

Jason Blakenship, operations manager for the Walmart Distribution Center, and Al Christman, retention and development manager of the Walmart Distribution Center, provided keynote remarks.

This first class was made possible by funding from the Delaware Department of Labor’s TRAIN grant.

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, social entrepreneurship and small business incubation. Social entrepreneurship and small business incubation will coincide with the Food Bank's move to 222 Lake Drive in Newark in spring 2019.

Applications are being accepted for the next class scheduled to begin Jan. 7, 2019. Class meets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Time is spent in the classroom and warehouse. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA-10 general industry certificate, forklift certification and ServSafe certification.

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