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CITT Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Published: May 8, 2017

Global Logistics Specialist students at the Port of Long Beach with retired GLS instructor Carolyn Martin (far left) and CITT Emerita Executive Director Marianne Venieris (far right).
Global Logistics Specialist students at the Port of Long Beach with retired GLS instructor Carolyn Martin (far left) and CITT Emerita Executive Director Marianne Venieris (far right).

The College of Continuing and Professional Education’s (CCPE) Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) has played a critical role over the last two decades, adjusting to the changing environment of the trade and transportation industry by finding innovative ways to deliver signature education and training programs.

“CITT’s role really hasn’t changed, but the need for university-based education designed for the industry has increased.” said CITT Executive Director Tom O’Brien. “Our partnership with the industry in designing those programs is what defines us and make us unique.”

Much of CITT’s success can be traced to the leadership of its Emerita Executive Director, Marianne Venieris. During her tenure, Venieris created many partnerships and programs while earning respect across the goods movement industry. The first of those major initiatives was the Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program which was launched in 1997.

“I would argue that it was the GLS program and town halls that really put the university at the center of trade and transportation,” said Venieris, reflecting on CITT’s origins.

The GLS program led to the development of other programs, including the Master of Arts in Global Logistics (MAGL). In response to changing demands in supply chain education, the MAGL program was later replaced by the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. CITT’s educational offerings now include other programs such as the Marine Terminal Operations Professional Designation Program and the Working and Living in a Port City seminar series.

CITT’s State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall events also blazed a trail in bridging the gap between employers and labor, by creating a constructive environment where all stakeholders could address issues of common concern. Initially, the meetings were designed to make sure that the rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were included in any debate surrounding port growth in Long Beach. The late Dominick Miretti, CITT Policy and Steering Committee member and ILWU liaison to the ports, often encapsulated the CITT brand by saying that, “We brought the university to the docks and the docks to the university.”

The town hall events have received wide recognition in the goods movement industry and have evolved to include a wide array of stakeholders interested in the relationship between the ports and the community.

Over the years, CITT has also partnered with organizations that have established endowments to encourage students pursuing careers in the industry. These funds have been provided by associations including the Los Angeles Transportation Club, the Harbor Transportation Club and the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce.

Looking ahead, O’Brien said he sees multiple challenges and opportunities for CITT.

“We will do more programs that are targeted at a specific audience,” he said. “We are also going to do more work at the beginning of the logistics educational pipeline, because our industry partners see value in getting young people excited about this industry as a career.”

CITT will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a variety of events and programs throughout the year.